What is carnitine?
So is the holy grail of fitness the ability to find a substance that lets the human body turn fat into energy?
Maybe this is the reason carnitine get so much press!
The human body manufactures it in the liver and kidneys and then turn right around and houses carnitine in the skeletal muscles, heart, brain, and sperm.
But what do we do if we’re in the minority of people that can’t manufacture enough carnitine for our bodies. Most individuals don’t have this issue.
But the problem many people face is twofold: not enough carnitine manufactured or it can’t be transported to the muscles tissues. There are a variety of conditions which can impact the production of carnitine including angina, intermittent claudication, and some medications.
The good news is that similar to vitamins (Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D) and minerals, carnitine acts as an antioxidant. Thus, it has many positive capabilities for treatment and prevention against many health and skin conditions.
As a review from many of the other articles in our Skin Care By Louisa website, antioxidants fight
harmful particles in the body known as free radicals. Free radicals cause significant damage to cells and negatively affect the DNA. Antioxidants such as vitamins, minerals, and ,yes, carnitine help to neutralize free radicals and the collateral damage they cause to other organs.
There has been significant research into the many health benefits that carnitine can provide assistance to. Many of the health problems carnitine could provide aid to are serious health related issues.
Serious diseases and conditions always need to be discussed with a health care professional and may need additional diagnosis and treatment.
The good news is that carnitine has been shown to be successful in improving athletic performance and fighting fatigue.
The following is a list of the health related conditions in which carnitine has been used with some positive effects.
Note: Always consult your physician before utilizing carnitine.
- Angina: Carnitine has been uses to stabilize angina with good results. The usage of Lcarnitine and propionyl-L-carnitine have been implemented to facilitate the ability of people with angina to exercise without chest pain.
- Heart attack: The jury is still out as to the effectiveness of carnitine in preventing heart attacks. Treatment utilizing oral carnitine has been shown to provide an improvement of muscle weakness.
- Heart failure: There have been reports that carnitine (usually propionyl-L-carnitine) have played an important role in the overall reduction of heart failure symptoms and the improvement of exercise capacity in people with heart failure.
Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)
This condition is caused from a decreasing blood flow to the extremities mostly the legs. This is usually a result if atherosclerosis otherwise referred to hardening of the arteries. In atherosclerosis plaque builds up in the arteries. This condition often causes aching or cramping in the extremeties during jogging, walking, or exercising.
Intermittent claudication is the term for the type of pain caused by this condition. Consequently, PVD refers to the reduced blood flow to the legs. is called peripheral vascular disease (PVD). Carnitine has shown improvement in this condition specifically propionyl-L-carnitine because research is inconclusive as to whether L-carnitine would be effective.
When the nerves of your outer extremities like the arms and legs are damaged, it could be as a result of diabetic neuropathy. High blood sugar levels play an important role in damaging the nerves in the body. L-carnitine has shown some promise in pain management and nerve healing and regeneration.
Exercise and Weight Loss
Athletes, trainers, and fitness experts have experienced positive effects from the usage of oral carnitine. The benefits have come in the reduction of fat mass, increases muscle mass, and fatigue reduction. The end benefit is weight loss in some people.
Kidney Disease and Dialysis
Because the kidneys make carnitine, kidney disease could lead to low levels of carnitine in the body. If you have kidney disease, your health care provider may prescribe carnitine
There are other areas that carnitine has been shown to be effective. These include the following:
- Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Impairment
- Male Infertility
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Peyronie’s Disease