L-carnitine helps the body produce energy. It is also important for heart and brain function, muscle movement, and many other body processes. Let's delve into these benefits further.
Fat Loss & Muscle Growth
From a fitness and weight loss perspective, the very obvious reason that I recommend carnitine is for its propensity to help your body turn fat (1) and food into energy. This will help with the intensity of workouts as well as with your efforts to burn off body fat. Not only will it metabolize existing fat from your body for energy, but the muscles you build from using that energy will help you burn more fat between workouts. You win twice!
In addition, as we age, the level of carnitine in our tissues tends to decrease (similar to other amino acids and minerals as we have discussed elsewhere). Using l-carnitine can support our body mass index & aging muscles, too (2,4).
Carnitine can be used to supplement and reduce the use of traditional medicine in patients suffering from angina. In addition, carnitine supplementation has been shown to have a number of benefits for those suffering heart attacks. These benefits include reducing the likelihood of another heart attack occurring in the future (3).
Immune System and Brain Function
Finally, like a lot of other nutrients that are good for your muscles and overall wellness, carnitine has been shown to serve as an antioxidant to prevent damage to your cells done by free radicals. It also can help protect your brain against both age- and stress-related functionality degradation (2).
In summary, adding carnitine to your supplement list can help your body deal with the new stresses that you will be putting it through. Take all the help you can get to ensure your long term success!!!