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L-carnitine is synthesized in the body from the amino acids lysine and methionine. Learn how your chances of success can increase with this in your arsenal.
L–carnitine is synthesized in the body from the amino acids lysine and methionine. Regardless of what your bodybuilding and fitness goals are, losing fat or gaining muscle, your chances of success will increase greatly if you have l-carnitine in your supplement arsenal. Studies focusing on how carnitine works have been done as far back as 1937. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits that l-carnitine can have on your goals and your health.
1. FAT LOSS
If you are looking to get lean, then this is the amino acid you need. L-carnitine transfers long-chain fatty acids, such as triglycerides into mitochondria, where they may be oxidized to produce energy. Carnitine has also been shown to reduce fatigue and serve as an appetite suppressant as well. Therefore, l-carnitine would be a major asset to have in your arsenal when you are dieting. It not only will help keep your body from storing fat, but it will increase your aerobic capacity to help you burn more calories.
2. MUSCLE MASS
L–carnitine is also a great weapon for hardgainers looking to pack on muscle. Supplementing with l-carnitine can help you increase your strength and heavier weights mean bigger muscles in the long run.
3. BONE MASS
Aging bone loss is a major concern of many senior citizens and post-menopausal women. Of course this can lead to increased chances of fractures, osteoporosis, and arthritis among other bone diseases. Fortunately, by taking l-carnitine, you can slow down the bone loss process and improve bone micro structural properties by decreasing bone turnover.
4. HEART CONDITIONS
Carnitine is primarily used for heart–related conditions. Several clinical trials show that L-carnitine can be used along with conventional treatment for angina to reduce the needs for medicine and improve the ability of those with angina to exercise without chest pain or discomfort. Some studies have determined that taking l-carnitine after a heart attack decreases the chances of suffering another one later. Carnitine has actually been given to help treat people with heart disease.
5. KIDNEY TREATMENT
Your kidneys produce carnitine so naturally when people have been diagnosed or may have kidney disease, carnitine is recommended to help make up for the deficiency of carnitine that your kidneys aren’t producing.
6. MALE INFERTILITY
For those men that have been trying to have children and have low sperm counts, carnitine has been suggested and shown to help improve both sperm count and quality sperm.
7. WOMEN WHO BREAST FEED
New mothers who choose to breast feed normally do so in part because of the number of calories it burns, but one side effect is it lowers your body’s amount of carnitine. Even though you are sufficient in it while you are pregnant, taking extra carnitine can help prevent your body from being deficient. Combining both the breast feeding and the carnitine means that new moms will lose that baby weight faster.
8. TYPE II DIABETES
9. IMMUNE SYSTEM
L-carnitine serves as an antioxidant that can help prevent damage done to your healthy cells by free radicals. This can help you out when you have a cold or are dealing with various seasonal allergies and training.
10. BRAIN FUNCTION
Seniors that can use something to help improve brain function has more than just gingko biloba to take. L–carnitine helps protect the brain from both age related and stress related damage to the brain which helps it function longer and better.
11. ANTIDOTE TO VALPROIC ACID POISONING
Although it may not be a bodybuilding issue, there are thousands of documented cases of valproic acid ingested every year. Despite not being able to serve as a total antidote on its own, taking l-carnitine is considered to help you if for some reason you do suffer from this dangerous poisoning.
A great article identifying the various health benefits of L-carnitine. Reading this its clear that this is a supplement worthy of adding to our optimum health nutrition stack for fat loss and muscle gains. Yes it will help you reach your fitness goals. But the question now is, which form of L-carnitine is best for you to use and how best to take it to maximize its health benefits?
Carnitine like many other supplements can be bought in 3 different forms. Liquid , pills/capsules, and good old powder.
- Liquid form, generally speaking tends to be considered the most effective and least harmful. (Less work needed by liver, so quicker absorbing) Drawbacks of liquid is it’s not so easy to take, and you do always need to have some way of measuring the serving size. (typical take 2 tbs)
- Pills are considered the easiest cause the serving sizes are pre measured (ie. take two pills twice a day.). And can be take anywhere anytime. (Leave your Carnitne at home just take number of pills needed with you) However they are usually more expensive as well.
- And powder is generally the cheapest. (Raw form, no money wasted on making to liquid or on capping the powder) Cons of powder is that its not soo practical to take.
Flex Fitness Staff personal recommendation: Purica Pure L-Carnitine. 2 Capsules twice daily. Once first thing in the morning before breakfast, once before your workout. Taking it once first thing in the mornings helps you get your metabolism in gear. Throughout the day your body will be better suited to managing carbs and fats. (Supports fat metabolism and fat oxidation) And taking it once before the workout will help improve physical performance and reduce muscle tissue damage while supporting muscle tissue repair when doing resistance training. You can get Purica L-carnitine at FlexFitnessClubs Surrey. Located at 7130 120 street Surrey BC. V3W 3M8. All Flex Fitness Clubs members get 10% discounts, and all supplements at better than bodybuilding.com prices.
Taking it once first thing in the mornings helps you get your metabolism in gear. Throughout the day your body will be better suited to managing carbs and fats. (Supports fat metabolism and fat oxidation) And taking it once before the workout will help improve physical performance and reduce muscle tissue damage while supporting muscle tissue repair when doing resistance training.