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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 Benefits

July 5, 2012

Ken asks…

acetyl-l-carnitine and choline supplements.?

I am taking acetyl-l-carnitine and also choline. They both help with the synthesis of acetylcholine. What are the differences between the two and what is the benefits of taking both of them?
I am taking them mainly to increase energy and mental alertness/focus.
I take 1000mg acetyl-l-carnitine and 500g choline daily.

admin answers:

Taking supplements is cheating

Mary asks…

Which of these Amino Acids are more important in losing fat and gaining muscle?

A BCAA powder or powder/pills of Arginine, Glutamine, Carnitine (mostly separate I know),..stuff like that. I will get it all eventually but I cant afford it all at once so what would give me the highest or quickest benefits at the moment before getting the other?

admin answers:

Amino acids don’t really make you loose fat. All they do is build muscle. All of the muscles use each amino acids, each amino acid is important for muscle growth. What the amino acids turn into is creatine, which then helps draw more water toward the muscle. Resulting in muscles growing more than they usually would. The water helps supply more energy during workouts.
You can buy all of those supplements but you should only buy them if you don’t eat meat. If you already eat meat your just wasting money. You should put your money toward creatine, it’s way better and it’s got so man benefits. Hope I helped!

Michael asks…

~Repost~ as I only got 1 answer: Question about L-Carnitine Fumarate?

I am taking L-Carnitine Fumarate but would like to know when to take it. For example I like to do my cardio workout in the morning but sometimes in the afternoon, so should I take it an hour before a workout or when does it become the most effective. Or does it not matter and just take it in the morning and workout whenever? I know not to take it at night since it can cause insomnia. I just want to get the benefits from it with my workout. And how long do you have to take it before seeing the benefits of it? Thanks! ;-)

admin answers:

Pure Encapsulations recommends 2-4 capsules per day,
in divided doses, between meals.

Good Exercising


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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 Eye Exercises For Lazy Eye

April 30, 2012

Thomas asks…

Tommorow is my eye test?

Hell, tommorow is my eye exam. I am so scared of it, because hell, I have “lazy eye“, and I have to exercise my eye. I do it, but sometimes I forget, and sometimes I just can’t, and the doctor always lectures me about this. Also, whenever I go to an eye exam, they put some sort of drops in my eyes, and that happens for like five times, and when they are ready, I can’t see a thing! Also, they’ve bought a new machine, and the numbers are far harder to read than before, and they are so so small! I am sure even the doctor can’t read them. Why I have to do this then?

And all this queue with ill or blind people, makes me sick.. and the waiting process too. Give me several ideas how to pass it and most importantly, survive this TORTURE?

admin answers:

Do your eye exercises like the doctor told you and the your doctor won’t lecture you. And maybe you will strengthen your eyes and the eye tests won’t seem so difficult.

Ruth asks…

eye drops that blur your eye?

OK so i have a lazy eye. i WAS cross eyed, but i got lazer and the muscles moved straight. my eye doctor said it was common for the muscles to lose their strength after 10 years. he told me to do these exercises, like hold the pencil away then move it closer till your eyes flicker, i did them for like a week, then my eyes stopped flickering. im thinking of asking him to give me drops to blur my left eye. do you think it will work?

admin answers:

Your doctors told you to do the right thing. The exercises he’s prescribed for you will help your eye muscle (if you were cross eyed, I’m assuming this would be your lateral recti muscles) keep their tonus, (keep nice and stretchy.)

About the drops that blur your eye, I think you are referring to atropine or a similar drug. (In different areas and countries different drugs are used, but in the UK we use atropine.) This will not help you. It wont help your muscles retain their tonus and although it would make your eyes straight while you blurred your left eye, as soon as the cream wore off they would go right back to being lazy. It’s not a good long term solution to go through life only using one of your eyes. :) In fact the atropine drops might even go on to give you double vision which is the opposite of what we are going for in your treatment!

This is why the exercises are a better idea, they will allow you to keep your eyes straight and keep using both your eyes together :) make sure you do them religiously, and you will see a improvement, I promise! Eventually you wont need to do them as often and you should be able to wean yourself off them, and only do them once every two weeks or so!

The exercises he’s given you is to help your motor fusion, which is your second grade of BSV. This one is the most important to avoid walking into things. Keep at it!

Mandy asks…

Health issues – Not sure though..?


I am a 17 year old male and I’m concerned about my health.

Firstly, I’d like to say that I’m constantly tired all of the time. I don’t get much sleep, because of when I go to sleep and when I have to wake up at 6:00am every morning for school. My weight isn’t all that great for my age. My body feels weak all of the time and sometimes I get muscle aches. I was told by my Doctor that I have “cluster migraines” from being overwhelmed. So now I take propanolal (however you spell it). Also, I am asthmatic.

I don’t drink milk unless it’s at school lunch or with cereal. Which I may think could be the problem why I get muscle aches. Possibly not getting vitamins? However, I started taking Centrum A-Zinc 4 days ago and haven’t noticed a change.

I was told from a relative I could possibly be anemic. But, I’m not really familiar with it so I looked up the symptoms and here’s what I feel…

Easy fatigue and loss of energy – Frequent
Unusually rapid heart beat, particularly with exercise
Shortness of breath and headache, particularly with exercise – I have asthma so frequent.
Difficulty concentrating – Frequent
Dizziness – Only when I get my migraines.
Pale skin – My skin is naturally whiter than normal.
Leg cramps – Here and there.

So that’s that. Now, here comes the other thing I’m worried about (laugh at me all you want)… but I read the symptoms of HIV/AIDS and some match up. I did have oral sex (girl gave me “head”) and Im still a virgin and I don’t know if she was clean or not?

AIDS Symptoms;
Lack of energy – Frequent
Weight loss – Nope
Frequent fevers and sweats – Nope
Persistent skin rashes or flaky skin – Dry hands / arms when it’s cold
Short-term memory loss – Nope. But I have a slower processing speed and on a 504 plan
Mouth, genital, or anal sores from herpes infections – Nope

So all-in-all, I don’t know what could be wrong with me. I’ve seen the Doctor for my migraines and they put my on medicine but I still get them throughout the day. I do have a lazy eye and do game a lot on the computer. But as far as the weakness and tiredness, I don’t know?

Please be serious and give your best advice.


admin answers:

Sounds like maybe thyroid disorder………….
Have you had your thyroid tested? You need testing for thyroid ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but, for diagnosis, may not mean much if ANTIBODIES are present which is indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis (cycles between HYPER & HYPO at start)…it is the main cause of eventual HypOthyroidism but worse (…OR Graves Disease – HypERthyroid).

WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find/treat thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

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God bless you

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Your Questions About Eye Exercises For Better Vision

February 29, 2012

Donald asks…

Is this eye exercise really beneficial?

And if so, what are it’s benefits ?

Many people tell me about an exercise where you focus your eyes on the tip point of a pen or a sharpened pencil at a distance, and then slowly bring it closer, till the vision gets blurry, and then holding it for as long as you can, and then gradually take the pen to the original distance, and repeat.

Is this really any good ?

Thank you so very much for your time and effort.

God bless.

admin answers:

Nope. There are no exercises that can maintain or improve eyesight.

Maria asks…

Blurring your vision on purpose – good, bad, or neither?

I have always been able to focus my vision closer without crossing my eyes, resulting in blurred vision for any object more than a foot or so away, although I can control just how blurry things get. This is a great trick for me because I don’t like the scary parts of movies and I don’t want to look goofy covering my eyes, but I want to know if this is safe to do on a regular basis. If it is using a muscle, (I guess the ciliary muscles) wouldn’t it be a good thing to exercise that muscle?

admin answers:

It’s not good to use the muscle if it’s going to make your vision blurry. It will get conditioned to stay blurry after awhile.

You won’t look goofy not looking at sary parts of movies. :-)

Nancy asks…

anyone ever managed to…?

improve their eyesight? e.g. using eye exercises (vision therapy)

did it work for you, what were your results like? how long did it take until u saw good results??


admin answers:

- splash clean water in your eyes at least 3 times a day
- avoid playing computer/mobile games
- eat ur vegs (especially carrots)
- while watching TV keep ur eye and the screen on the same (parallel) level
- never read a book while lying down (sleeping)
- don’t eat too much eggs
- don’t stare guys too much…he..he….

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