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L Carnitine Supplements for Weight Loss

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About L Carnitine Supplements for Weight Loss

L-Carnitine is an endogenously synthesised dipeptide (two amino acids) that assists with the transportation of long chain fatty acids into the mitochondria of the cell. These fatty acids can then undergo beta-oxidation, which means they are used as a fuel source for the production of the universal energy molecule adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Therefore, not only can L-Carnitine assist with our fat burning efforts, but it can also help to increase energy levels. For this reason, it may also be indicated, not just for weight loss programs, but also for conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome and general lethargy.


L-Carnitine is naturally found in foods such as red meat and fish. However, research shows that oral l-carnitine supplements are a safe way to increase your systemic levels and support the process of weight loss. A large meta-analysis of carnitine supplementation during weight loss programs showed that an additional fat loss of 1.33kg compared to placebo can be expected. There are many forms of Carnitine available, such as acetyl-l-carnitine, carnitine l-tartrate and glycine propionyl l-carnitine, which are a common ingredients in pre-workout products. 


Despite Carnitine's effectiveness and widespread use for weight loss, it does have several other important functions in the body. This amazing dipeptide can also drop markers of muscle damage and reduce muscle soreness, according to research conducted by Fielding et al in 2018. So, not only is it useful for fat burning, but also for supporting muscle recovery. Furthermore, L-Carnitine reduces markers of oxidative stress, due to inherent antioxidant activity.


Sportys Health has a range of L-Carnitine products to assist you with your body composition or wellness goals.