What Is L-Carnitine
L-carnitine is an amino acid derivative that the body naturally produces. Some like to refer to it as THE nutrient ferry so to speak as it shuttles fatty acids from the blood to the mitochondria, the energy-producing “furnaces” in the cells so that the fatty acids can be used as energy. Essentially, it helps the body turn fat into energy.
While it is a natural substance found in food, it is not considered an essential nutrient because the body can make it from the amino acids lysine and methionine.
Unfortunately, not everyone naturally produces enough of it which is why it is a common supplement used by individuals who are trying to lose weight or doing intense workouts.
What Are the Benefits of L-Carnitine?
L-carnitine is essential for turning fat into energy, functioning as an antioxidant, and supporting the function of the heart and brain.
Benefits of L-Carnitine include:
- High-intensity workout capacity
- Increase athletic performance
- Speed your recovery from intense exercise
- Make your brain work better
- Prevent oxidative stress that leads to longer long term health problems such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and chronic inflammation
It also improves endurance by inhibiting the build-up of lactic acid, one of the primary causes of fatigue. It has been shown to reduce the accumulation of metabolic wastes during exercise which helps increase workload output during exercise and enhances recovery post-exercise. Human studies indicate that taking acetyl-L-carnitine daily helps reverse the decline in brain function associated with Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases.
Why Is L-Carnitine Important in Vitamin Injections?
L-carnitine helps the body turn fat into energy which makes it a great addition to any vitamin injection for weight loss. Because it can help turn fat into energy, it can contribute to eliminating stubborn fat that accumulates in the abdomen, obliques, upper arms, thighs and other areas when combined with a healthy diet program and exercise.
It’s lean muscle building and muscle recovery properties make it an essential amino acid for optimal athletic performance.
For decades, research has demonstrated the many benefits of L-carnitine. It’s been shown to reduce fatigue, support muscle growth, reduce the loss of bone mass, and inhibit the body from storing fat. Of course, a vitamin shot that contains L-carnitine can’t fully replace diet and exercise, but combining all of these approaches can produce remarkable results.
When you visit a weight loss center in Orlando, FL, you may have the option of choosing weight loss vitamins to support your wellness goals. If so, your vitamin shot should include L-carnitine. At the weight loss center, be sure to inform your specialist about all other medications and supplements you may be taking to reduce the risk of an interaction. Your weight loss specialist should also know about any pre-existing medical conditions you might have.
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About the Author – Suzanne Gil, M.D.
Dr. Suzanne Gil obtained advanced training in bariatric (weight loss medicine) and opened Calla Slimspa Medical Weight Loss Center located in Orlando, FL in 2008 when the need for weight-related assistance became a huge priority. She is a member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) and dedicates 100% of her professional time to helping as many people as possible achieve their weight loss goals and improve their health. She completed her residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center and is a Board Certified Pediatrician.