Acetyl-l-carnitine is produced in the body from L-carnitine, which is derived from an amino acid. Acetyl-l-carnitine is important for our bodies to convert fat into energy that we use for movement and cognitive function. Acetyl-l-carnitine supplements are used to improve cognitive function, boosting memory and thinking skills. They are also used to treat muscular conditions such as fibromyalgia, nerve pain and mental health conditions such as bipolar disorder.
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All you need to know about Acetyl L-Carnitine
What are the benefits of acetyl-l-carnitine?
Acetyl-l-carnitine enables our bodies to burn fat and covert it into energy. It helps the body with muscle movement, brain function, heart function and a functioning, healthy nervous system. Those who suffer with memory loss may find that taking acetyl-l-carnitine improves mental function. It can also be used to treat early-onset Alzheimer's disease. In older adults, acetyl-l-carnitine can help with tiredness and fatigue, as well as low testosterone levels in men. In people with diabetes, acetyl-l-carnitine can be used to treat nerve problems and pain caused by their condition, with doses of around 1000mg two or three times per day.
What are the side effects of acetyl-l-carnitine?
Acetyl-l-carnitine is considered safe, but as with all medications, some side effects may occur including nausea and vomiting, stomach upset, headaches, a dry mouth and problems sleeping. Some people have reported a fishy smell in their breath, sweat and urine when taking acetyl-l-carnitine supplements.
Are there any interactions with acetyl-l-carnitine?
If you are on medications to slow blood clotting such as Warfarin, acetyl-l-carnitine may increase the effects of such medications, increasing the chances of bleeding and bruising. Consult your GP before taking any supplements.
Is acetyl-l-carnitine good for weight loss?
Yes – although you should first consult your doctor before taking any supplements to lose weight. In people who exercise regularly and follow a calorie-controlled diet, acetyl-l-carnitine can speed up the fat-burning process, leading to weight loss.