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Your Questions About Carnitine

July 4, 2012

Ken asks…

Why and How does green tea and L-Carnitine help on weight management?

There is a food supplement in our local drugstore containing 250mg of green tea extract (EGCG) and L-Carnitine 250 mg. There are people I know who actually lost weight gradually from 5 to 10 lbs in 2 weeks. With Diet and Exercise. How does it work? And how many milligrams are really needed per EGCG and L-Carnitine?

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Linda asks…

Are there long term effects of supplementing glutamine or BCAA or Carnitine?

I’ve recently started taking L-Glutamine and Branched Chain Amino Acids for weight lifting and working out. I’ll also be getting into carnitine when I start cutting down.

My question is, are there any long term side effects for these three supplements? And will there be defficiencies when I decide to stop supplementing (as the body will no longer produce, because it’s been supplemented for so long)? And this brings me to another question (I’ve asked in diet/fitness category also), do you need to cycle any of these supplements?

And please, I would like to know facts and not just opinions. Thanks in advance!

admin answers:

I’ve had good effects from glutamine on liver–it’s supposed to be good, but I don’t know about the rest. Carnitine is found in meat, so it shouldn’t be bad for you. Here is what I looked up online and found:

Blood concentrations of branched chain amino acids (BCAA; leucine, isoleucine, and valine) and glutamine (Gln) decrease markedly in sepsis. We investigated the effect of carnitine on serum concentrations of BCAA and Gln in fasted septic rats. Rats were made septic by cecal ligation and puncture. They developed extremely high blood concentrations of endotoxin, and serum concentrations of BCAA and Gln were markedly decreased 2 d after the operation. When L-carnitine was administered subcutaneously to the rats at 500 mg/kg body weight every 12 h for 2 d starting at the operation, no decrease in the serum concentrations of BCAA and Gln was observed. This indicates that the administration of carnitine can prevent the decrease of serum concentrations of BCAA and Gln in septic animals.

John asks…

What can you do to detect Carnitine Deficiency? Prenatal or later in a persons life.?

So, what kind of tests can you have done to tell if your baby has Carnitine deficiency? Would you have to wait until after they are born or can you tell by prenatal tests?

admin answers:

I think the tests are done only after birth. Check here.


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Your Questions About Carnitine Dosage

July 3, 2012

Carol asks…

does anyone take acetyl -l-carnitine vitamins?

did it help at all with brain funtion-memory , concentration and focus….did you have any side effect?? what is the dosage amount you take daily???Overall wold you say these vitamins where helpful i nyour health in any way.?

admin answers:

I took it. Can’t remember what dosage I took. Didn’t help me at all or only a little and then wore off. But try it. It might help you.

Lizzie asks…

Memory…all natural vitamins?

I have looked into vitamins for memory. I know of Ginko Biloba already and is that, alone, enough? But I have also heard of ACETYL L-CARNITINE. Is there one better than the other? What milligram of dosage is sufficient and would more be better? Can I combine the two? If anyone has taken ACETYL L-CARNITINE and has had good/bad results, please let me know.

admin answers:

For the moment, I’m having Ginko only… Sorry, can’t answer your question..

John asks…

Anyone know how long the Linus Pauling Heart Diisease Cure takes+ where to get the following supplements?

Must be the EXACT dosage:

Vitamin C (ascorbate) 6000 mg
Vitamin E (d-alpha-tocopherol) 800 mg
Vitamin A (Palmitate) 16000 IU
Coenzyme Q-10 200 mg
L-Lysine 6000 mg
L-Proline 500 mg
L-Carnitine 500 mg


If you can’t understand me or dont believe there’s a heart disease cure, look up: Linus Pauling Heart Disease Cure, or follow this link below:

admin answers:

Here’s a good article from LEF (Life Extention Foundation) They also sell very high quality supplements that would meet this protocol.
Here are also a few more links to online stores with good prices and selections.

I wish you well!

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Your Questions About Carnitine Deficiency

July 2, 2012

Lizzie asks…

Have any long-range side effects ( good or bad) been mapped for acetyl-l carnitine?

I have had acetyl-l-carnitine recommended as a memory aid, and am wondering if it is safe to use if I have not experienced any of the deficiencies described as an indication of the product. In other words, can one be harmed by taking it?

admin answers:

Apparently acetyl-l-carnitine has some small possible minor side effects as well as some benefits

Side Effects
1. Increase in blood pressure
2. Faster heartbeat
3. Fever and possible rash
4. Large amounts can lead to diarrhoea
5. Can cause nausea/vomiting, headache, bladder irritation or infection, unusual body odour, stuffy nose
6. Possibility of restlessness and difficulty sleeping due to the nature of the drug.

1. It has a role in energy production and therefore a role in weight control
2. It can enhance cellular energy in the brain
3. It can alleviate the effects of depression
4. Can help to prevent cataracts
5. Can help those in a physically demanding job/hobby
6. Some studies have found evidence that acetyl-l-carnitine, might be helpful in Alzheimer’s disease
7. Uncontrolled studies suggest that L-carnitine or acetyl-L-carnitine may be helpful for improving sperm function.
8. Weak evidence also suggests that carnitine may be helpful for decreasing the toxicity of AZT (a drug used to treat AIDS).

Safety Issues
L-carnitine in its three forms appears to be quite safe. However, individuals with low or borderline-low thyroid levels should avoid carnitine because it might impair the action of thyroid hormone.
Individuals on dialysis should not receive this (or any other supplement) without a physician’s supervision. The maximum safe dosages for young children, pregnant or nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease have not been established.

Interaction Drug Side Effects You Should Know About
If you are taking;
• Antiseizure medications, particularly valproic acid (Depakote, Depakene) but also phenytoin (Dilantin): You may need extra carnitine.
• Thyroid medication: Do not take carnitine except under a physician’s supervision

Like any drug, the possible side effects will affect people differently – due to metabolic factors – speak to your doctor for more information

Nancy asks…

Has anyone had a someone with muscular dystrophy.?

My husband has carnitine deficiency and is doing very badly. Has anyone gone through this before and what should I expect

admin answers:

Muscular Dystrophy is a general term for several forms of dystrophies. The most common form is Duchene Muscular Dystrophy. Others are like Becker, Limb-girdle, Myotonic, and Congenital Muscular Dystrophy, just to name a few. They all seem to be caused by a genetic defect that causes a decrease in the production of dystrophin in the muscle, which leads to necrosis of the muscle. All of these various muscular dystrophies will have different clinical courses and affect different muscle groups. What you will expect is your physician can only sit back and watch because they do not have the magic bullet for this one. What you can do is start a regiment of healthy low glycemic meals (I can supply recipes) next a high quality supplement in high dose (it gives his God made body the ability to defend itself) next if you can walk 20-30 minutes a day. Contact me through my site for the specifics. Help is here.

Robert asks…

Starting a foundation?

I have hypoglycemia, particularly a carnitine deficiency. I want to start a foundation for those who have the same problem. I know there is already a Hypoglycemia Foundation, but I want to start one particularly for those with a carnitine deficiency, because there is a medicine for it, but that many might not be able to afford. It transforms the lives of those who need it, so I believe this is really a great cause. How would I go about starting this foundation?

admin answers:

The laws on starting the nonprofit company vary by state. There are a lot of services online that will do that for you, but it’s not hard to do it yourself. Look it up on your state’s secretary of state homepage. You can also found it in another state if you like their laws better – delaware is popular if i recall correctly.

Once you start your corporation you’ll need to get 501c3 status, which means filling out paperwork and sending money to the irs.

Once you have that you’ll be eligible for all sorts of grants from other foundations. If you can you might want to hire a grant writer, or recruit an experienced volunteer for that.

Side note – most (all?) pharmaceutical companies already have programs to help people who can’t afford their meds. You can probably check with the company about that.

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Your Questions About Carnitine Deficiency

July 1, 2012

Sharon asks…

anyone heard of Carnitine deficiency?

my friend was told her baby girl has got this just over a month ago but as it is very uncommon shes not really been given any information she is 9 months old and suffers with fits but they dont no what cause them as a result she is now blind with a little brain damge (they wont no how much till she is older) she was a normal healty little girl before all this so anyone with any information at all with what to expect or anything at all answers much appeciated thanks in advanced

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Thomas asks…

Is anyone familiar with a condition called Phosphorlase B Kinase Deficiency?

I was diagnosed with this condition along with Metabolic Myopathy with a Carnitine Deficiency. This was found when they did a muscle biopsy on me to try to find answers for me and my son who has the same health problems that I have.
We have flare-ups where we aren’t able to do anything for days at a time, nothing…then we have our “good days” when we can actually function.
Doctors don’t know too much about this, still trying to find out. I really want answers to try to help my son. He has to be home schooled because during his flare-ups he would miss too much school. And he really wants to be in school, he would actually be in the high school. It is so heart-breaking watching him go through this. It is bad enough that I have to live with it, but devastating to see him like this. Any help, any at all, is greatly appreciated.

admin answers:

I found out what it is in simple terms-
phosphorylase b kinase deficiency /phos·phor·y·lase b ki·nase de·fi·cien·cy/ an X-linked disorder of glycogen storage due to deficiency of the enzyme in the liver, characterized in affected males by hepatomegaly, occasional fasting hypoglycemia, and some growth stunt.

Dorland’s Medical Dictionary for Health Consumers. © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

I have tried looking for ore information on this condiction but this was all I can come up with.Is there any organizations that support the cause of this. Smethimes doctors offices have support groups and phamplets laying around that way you can find out more about the condiction. Sorry this was I can come up with.

Joseph asks…

is there a connection mcad deficiency and uti’s?

my 3yr old daughter was diagnosed with mcad deficiency and has been taking a carnitine supplement to help her kidneys get rid of toxins is there a connection between low carnitine levels and uti’s?

admin answers:

MCAD and the carnitine has nothing to do with uti’s. MCAD is a metabolic disorder and the carnitine is a naturally accuring enzyme that your daughter can’t make. The toxins are also building up in the liver so I dont think this would cause and uti’s. My son was diagnosed when he was 5 days old in october 2006. He is now a very happy, healthy and active 19 month old.

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