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Are you trying to adapt to burning more “Fat Vs Carbohydrates”? Not working for You? Maybe L-Carnitine can assist you to shuttle fat to your energy system as little more efficiently. 

Carnitine plays an important role in “cellular metabolism” in the transportation process of fatty acids into the mitochondria. Fatty acids are then used in oxidation of acetyl CoA, producing energy in the citric acid cycle. In simple terms, fats turn into energy, especially beneficial for athletes who want to fuel more from fat or begin the adaptation process from more glycolythic fuel to fat.Carnitine has two isomers D-carnitine or an L-carnitine (The later is the active form of the amino acid).

What does this mean to you as an athlete? If you want to become a fat burning machine?

Well firstly and most importantly fat is a hugely valuble fuel source that most people don’t utilise efficiently and in many cases virtually not at all, as they are “Metabolic Inflexible” due to poor eating habbits and rely purely on glycolytic fuel (in the form of carbohydrates or sugars be they good or bad).

A common mistake with fuelling from fat for fasted exercise through typical high fat low carb approach is that if your not efficiently burning fat then your likely “Catabolic” (Breaking down muscle as they is now glycogen once reserves are depleted). This is why some athletes lose weight o the scales and still cary excess unwanted body fat.

The addition of L-carnitine to an athletes nutrition plan can be beneficial in two key ways 

  1. Improve the shuttling of fat into the mitochondria for fuel
  2. Carnitine has an anti-catabolic (Actually stopping the breakdown of muscle common in endurance athletes) effect. Some research shows, the amount of carnitine in the athletes system is related to the amount of glycogen found in the muscle tissue. This muscle carnitine is used to prevent the use of glycogen in the muscles. With this glycogen sparing effect, it becomes an anti-catabolic agent that athletes could benefit from.

Dose – 1 capsule daily between meals on an empty stomach. For loading phase and safe upper limit discuss with you nutritional specialist.

Supply – 2 months supply during maintenance

Ingredients – Each capsule typically contains: L-Carnitine (fumarate) L-Carnitine 60 Caps

High Potency L-Carnitine Encapsulated with:Gelatin Magnesium stearate Silicon dioxide

Please see some PubMed studies on the benefits of Carnitine