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Your Questions About Carnitine

November 23, 2012

John asks…

Does it matter if you take the PS, L-Carnitine, and Fish oil all at once or should they be spread out?

like instead of 200 mg of PS in the morning, should it be 100 in the morning and 100 in the afternoon

or instead of 1700 mg of fish oil in the morning should it be 850 in the morning and 850 in the afternoon?

how much of a difference is there?

admin answers:

Phosphatidylserine in that kind of a dosage would be best in 2 separate doses as 100 mg is the normal recommended single dose. Same thing with Fish Oil… It’s normally recommended to take 1,000 mg (with each having 180 mg of EPA and 120 mg of DHA) up to 3 times a day. The main reason is because the body can only handle so much of certain nutrients at a time and taking a full day’s supply all at once would be like trying to drink a gallon of water all at once… It’s just more than the body can handle and can make you sick if you do too much at a time too often.
As far as the L-Carnitine, I assume you mean Acetyl L-Carnitine as that’s the one for brain health (whereas straight L-Carnitine is more for weight loss and muscle benefits)… That is recommended 500 mg 1-2 times a day.

Phosphatidylserine, Fish Oil, and Acetyl L-Carnitine can all be taken at the same moment as long as you take them with food (the Fish Oil should be taken with food, the other two can be taken with or without food). I personally take Fish Oil and Acetyl L-Carnitine daily along with other nutrients… Those are perfectly safe to take together. Good luck and I hope I helped!

Michael asks…

Does L-Carnitine have effect if not followed by exercise – or are there sideeffects to that?

Does L-Carnitine have effect if not followed by exercise – or are there sideeffects to that?

admin answers:

Well L-carnitine is used by cells to process fats and produce energy.,,will have effect without sport of course,

main effects of it: protecting against muscle disease and stamina during heavy excise,, improving performance, improving heart function in CHF(CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE),,improving male fertility and the increase of sperm count,, nutrient supplement in vegetarian,,,,,,Carnitine transports long-chain acyl groups from fatty acids into the mitochondrial matrix, so that they can be broken down,,, so it is also a help to get rid of fat in the body,,

some side effect; HEADACHE rarely, diarrhea, transient nausea and vomiting lack of sleep(too much energy not used in sport),,,,

Linda asks…

Where does L-carnitine take the fat from inside your body?

I was planning to start taking L-carnitine, but I’m worried of where it might take the fat from to transfer into energy. I’m a teenage female, and would like it to mainly take away from my stomach where there is some excess fat but I know I can’t control what it will specifically do. Does anyone have an idea of where it tends to take from? Or at least knows if it goes for a specific kind of fat?

admin answers:

I think it takes it helps metabolize the fats you eat, not bodyfat.

Regardless, you don’t need to take it as a supplement. Your body makes its own using protein and vitamin C, as explained here:

It’s also present in lots of foods, mentioned here —

I doubt eating large doses of carnitine is a way to lose weight. Avoidance of processed foods is the only way.

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Your Questions About Carnitine

October 9, 2012

Sharon asks…

What is the difference between NAC (N Acetyl Cysteine) and Acetyl-L Carnitine?

They both support brain function. I usually take NAC, but bought the Acetyl-L Carnitine by mistake.

admin answers:

Carnitine works like an amino acid, but it’s actually related to the B vitamins. It’s a major source of energy for the muscles, helps increase the use of fat as an energy source, prevents fatty buildup, may be useful in treating chronic fatigue syndrome, reduces the health risk from poor fat metabolism in diabetes, and inhibits fatty liver caused by alcoholism.

It also enhances the effectiveness of vitamins E and C, working as an antioxidant to slow the aging process. It is also helpful to the immune system.

NAC is a sulfur containing amino acid that aids in the formation of skin, hair and nails and is important for detoxification. It’s one of the best free radical destroyers, and works best when taken with selenium and vitamin E. It helps to protect the liver and the brain from damage due to alcohol, drugs and cigarette smoke.

Ruth asks…

What else should I do? I workout 6 days a week and take l-carnitine, bcaa in multivitamin, and a whey isolate.?

I run on a elliptical and alternate days in lifting for different parts of my body. I just started and want results. Please help me

admin answers:

Don’t you think 6 days a week is too much for beginner? If I understand correctly, you want to lose weight, right? If so, you should not only exercise, but keep attention on your daily nutrition – find out how many calories you need per day. I recommend you to visit dietitian – he will make an individual diet and you’ll successfully lose weight. If you don’t want to go there, just do not eat fat food, forget about desserts. You should dine until 6 p.m., later ( 2-3 hours before bed time) you can eat one of your favorite fruit.

Laura asks…

What does L-carnitine do in terms of weight loss?

In my biochem class I’ve learned that acylcarnitine can be turned into L carnitine when an acetyl CoA group is added on. however, I remember my prof saying that people use this as a drug for weight loss, but is not really realistic for long term weight loss. Why is this so?

admin answers:

L-Carnitine has been shown to increase the amount of fat you burn during both anaerobic (strength training) and aerobic (cardiovascular) workouts.

So combining workouts with L-carnitine intake, it should work long term too!

Check out The Carnitine Miracle, by Robert Crayhon, M.S. ISBN: 0-87131-825-3

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Your Questions About Carnitine

August 7, 2012

Joseph asks…

Would you recommend taking l-carnitine when having a kidney stone?

I was recently diagnosed with an uric kidney stone and I am not sure if I can still take liquid l-carnitine before exercise. Can anyone help?? Would l-carnitine hurt my kidneys?
P.S. I am not taking any supplements other than l-carnitine 30 min before exercise.

admin answers:

Have you ever seen the cartoon where they roll a snowball down a hill the size of a pea and it becomes the size of a beach ball when it reaches the bottom? Well, keep taking the supplements and you will find out in true life how that feels to push that through your p*e*n*i*s*.
Take the kidney stone as a wake up call. You are probably taking supplements incorrectly, too much for your body weight…too much is giving you kidney stones and not enough water to thoroughly distribute it throughout your body and eliminate through your urine without becoming a stone.

Richard asks…

What is the difference between L-Carnitine and Acetyl L-Carnitine supplements?

Considering L-Carnitine to help assuage muscle fatigue during exercise – is there a difference between Acetyl L-Carnitine and L-Carnitine? I see supplement offerings of both. Is one better than the other? Thanks in advance for your advice.
Thanks, Joe – my question came partly from this info: Research shows that people who supplement with L-carnitine while engaging in an exercise regimen are less likely to experience muscle soreness. – found at web link Any further comments are welcome.

admin answers:

L carnitine won’t really help you here in any form.L carnitine is involved in more lipid metabolism and cardio vascular function and acetyl l carnitine is supposed to have more benefits for the brain.To reduce muscle fatigue you can just consume more carbohydrates the day before or use creatine.I don’t know of any studies linking any form of carnitine to increased performance.Potassium and calcium are a much safer bet.Stay well hydrated.

Donald asks…

What is the Difference between Liquid L-Carnitine and the Pill form of L-Carnitine?

I’m trying to lose weight and someone suggested L-Carnitine. I’m going to order from the Vitamin Shoppe and they offer L-Carnitine in Liquid Raspberry flavor and in the Tablet form. Which one is better?

admin answers:

Before you begin taking any supplement, please do your own research rather than take the word of “someone” who, in all likelihood, knows very little about it. It’s your body, so do your due diligence before introducing something which may be harmful in the short or long run.

Our bodies manufacture carnitine using two amino acids, lysine and methionine. Carnitine is used in cells for the transport of fatty acids from the cytosol into the mitochondria during the breakdown of lipids (fats) for the generation of metabolic energy.

Carnitine exists in two stereoisomers, or mirror images of each other. The biologically active form is L-carnitine, while its enantiomer, D-carnitine, is biologically inactive.

According to research at the University of Maryland Medical Center, “Although L-carnitine has been marketed as a weight-loss supplement, there is no scientific evidence to date to show that it improves weight loss.” Click on the second link below for more information.

You can get plenty of L-carnitine from food, rather than take a supplement. The best sources are beef steak and ground beef. Go to the first link below for a list of foods rich in L-carnitine.

If you still insist on taking the supplement after doing research on the topic, the body absorbs liquids easier than pills, especially as we age. Click on the third link for current research regarding nutrient absorption via liquid or pill.

A happy, healthy 2010 to you.

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Your Questions About Carnitine

June 29, 2012

Daniel asks…

Is it safe to take L-Carnitine to help lose weight if im on a prescripted medicine which is accutane?

I wanna lose weight and the guys from gnc recommended LCarnitine since im sensitive to caffeine but they say take 1 capsule in the morning which is the same time i have to take my accutane medicine for my mild acne. I was just wondering if it is safe to mix the two together? seeing as carnitine is just an amino acid thin?? Help?

admin answers:

You’re better off without the accutane, under any circumstances. Just use warm water, mild soap, and a dilute lemon-rinse, three times a day. That’s the best way to make mild acne better.

Accutane is getting some horror stories lately. People’s skin can get trashed, years down the road.

Paul asks…

How much water should i use to dilute 1gram of Acetyl l-Carnitine powder before drinking?

No i dont want to see a dietician. I’m a pretty heavy trainer and and i want to know how much water to use for every gram of acetyl l carnitine???? or doesnt it matter?

admin answers:

I don’t think it really matters – use enough to mix it and chug it.

Mark asks…

How should Carnitine Deficiency be treated in infants?

My cousin’s daughter has been diagnosed with Acid Reflux disease, some muscle diseases that the doctors don’t know what they are yet and Carnitine Deficiency. She’s on some meds for these problems. She has a Mic button in her stomach to eat with because she doesn’t eat right. She throws up a lot and it comes out of her mic button as well. Can anyone tell me what the normal treatment for carnitine deficiency is??

admin answers:

I copy this abstract for you, from the UCSF, Children’s Hospital Central California, 9300 Valley Children’s Place, Madera, CA 93638, USA
Abstract Summary: Carnitine deficiency is a secondary complication of many inborn errors of metabolism. Pharmacological treatment with carnitine not only corrects the deficiency, it facilitates removal of accumulating toxic acyl intermediates and the generation of mitochondrial free coenzyme A (CoA). The United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) approved the use of carnitine for the treatment of inborn errors of metabolism in 1992. This approval was based on retrospective chart analysis of 90 patients, with 18 in the untreated cohort and 72 in the treated cohort. Efficacy was evaluated on the basis of clinical and biochemical findings. Compelling data included increased excretion of disease-specific acylcarnitine derivatives in a dose–response relationship, decreased levels of metabolites in the blood, and improved clinical status with decreased hospitalization frequency, improved growth and significantly lower mortality rates as compared to historical controls. Complications of carnitine treatment were few, with gastrointestinal disturbances and odour being the most frequent. No laboratory or clinical safety issues were identified. Intravenous carnitine preparations were also approved for treatment of secondary carnitine deficiency. Since only 25% of enteral carnitine is absorbed and gastrointestinal tolerance of high doses is poor, parenteral carnitine treatment is an appealing alternative therapeutic approach. In 7 patients treated long term with high-dose weekly to daily venous boluses of parenteral carnitine through a subcutaneous venous port, benefits included decreased frequency of decompensations, improved growth, improved muscle strength and decreased reliance on medical foods with liberalization of protein intake. Port infections were the most troubling complication. Theoretical concerns continue to be voiced that carnitine might result in fatal arrhythmias in patients with long-chain fat metabolism defects. No published clinical studies substantiate these concerns. Carnitine treatment of inborn errors of metabolism is a safe and integral part of the treatment regime for these disorders.
(This revised version was published online in August 2006 with corrections to the Cover Date.)

Hope this helps
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Your Questions About Carnitine

June 27, 2012

Betty asks…


how effective is carnitine in helping weight loss? I’m taking, it and i just was curious if it was at all effective. thanks.

admin answers:

It supports heart health. It will not make you lose weight.

Sandra asks…

What is the difference between acetyl l-carnitine and regular l-carnitine?

What is the difference between acetyl l-carnitine and regular l-carnitine, this suppliment is going to be used for a suspected case of hyperthyroidism.

admin answers:

Acetyl-L-carnitine seems to help brain functions and improve memory.

L-carnitine seems to help in the metabolisation of fats during exercise.

Thomas asks…

How effective are chromium picolinate and L-carnitine for loosing weight?

How effective are chromium picolinate and L-carnitine for loosing weight? How many kilos have you lost taking these two supplements? Is it safe to combine both suplements?

admin answers:

I’m taking both of those you mentioned but only because i need a little help. I religiously workout 1 hr 6x a week, i minimize my salt intake, just boiled chicken, half cup rice, fruits, i alternate fish ( steamed or fried in omega 9 oil ), steamed veggies, i stopped drinking sodas even the diet ones. I take l cartinine after i work out each morning and i take the chromium before i retire at night ( tho it will make you pee a lot ). I have lost a total of 15lbs in 2 months. I cannot say that the supplements made the weight lose, my workout and diet complimented the supplements. I also drink green tea after my dinner ( just plain wheat bread and peanut butter). It;s hard to lose weight but i am determined to win this battle. Email me if you need some more advise. Good luck.

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