Your Questions About Carnitine

August 30, 2012
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Mary asks…

Relationship of Carnitine in Heart disease and hypertension?

Can anyone explain (in layman’s terms) the relationship between l-carnitine, anemia, and inflammation (c reactive protein)? Is it related to the intake of Carnitine or the utilization of carnitine? I know they were doing studies on this, but don’t understand the results.

And am I to understand that anemia is a possible symptom of high c reactive protein and inflammation? And low carnitine levels are the cause or symptom of heart disease/ hypertension/ some anemia related to that/ inflammation related to c reactive protein, etc?

admin answers:

Thank you for the question.

To my knowledge, there is no relationship. At least a “relationship” that has been born out in controlled clinical studies or promulgated by any advisory committee from the FDA.

In my practice, carnitine has never entered my decision making or counseling.

Joseph asks…

Can someone explain the link between low muscle tone and carnitine?

My almost 4 year old has low tone-his neurologist thinks its cerebral, not a muscular, anyhow he saw him today and he ran some labs but assuming they come back okay he wants him to takke carnitine twice a day. Its one of those situations where I would like to ask more (not because I don’t trust this guy, he’s incredible) but just wanting to understand a bit better.

admin answers:

Carnitine is a substance that our body produces to make energy from fat.
Some times body can not produce enough of it cause of reasons
as it is antioxidant it can be used for many conditions treatment (prescribed by doctor).
The oral carnitine improves muscle weakness may be for this reason the doctor prescribed it may be with other medications

wish him get well soon..

Sandy asks…

Is Glycocarn and Propionyl L-Carnitine Hydrochloride the same thing?

Its just that, I am going to purchase some in bulk quantities, and the Glycocarn i already have at home says that its chemical name is “Glycine Propionyl-L-Carnitine HCl” and the place i wanted to purchase says just “Propionyl L-Carnitine Hydrochloride”.. The Glycine is missing, so does it mean chemically there is no Glycine in it?

admin answers:

Glycine Propionyl-L-Carnitine (GPLC) = glycocarn
looking up both chemicals, it looks to me like glycocarn is gplc as well as gplc without the glycine

look, no matter what i have to say about this, think about putting extra crap into your body. This “purports” to help blood flow to the muscles so that you can increase nutrient flow to the muscle and waste removal that is faster. Nothing builds blood vessels faster than muscle use. Adding this is not going to increase the rate of blood vessel synthesis. This will not increase the size of the arteries and veins going to and from your muscles. Carnitine is derived from an amino acid that we all have in our bodies, more than enough to suit our needs. Carnitine plays a critical role in energy production. It transports long-chain fatty acids into the mitochondria so they can be oxidized (“burned”) to produce energy. It also transports the toxic compounds generated out of this cellular organelle to prevent their accumulation. Given these key functions, carnitine is concentrated in tissues like skeletal and cardiac muscle that utilize fatty acids as a dietary fuel [1-2].

The body makes sufficient carnitine to meet the needs of most people.

No where that i’ve read does carnitines properties purport to grow more blood vessels. It is a transport protein, that is all, not a sythesis protein. You are eating this for the wrong reasons and if so, just take carnitine prior to working out and after, you don’t need all the extra shit that is found in all of these “muscle” builing supplements or powders.
Do it natural

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