What is Acetyl-L-Carnitine?
Acetyl-L-Carnitine is a modified form of the amino acid L-carnitine which is more easily absorbed and therefore more bioavailable than other forms of carnitine. It aids in the transportation of stored fatty acids into the mitochondria of cells, so it plays a role in energy production on a cellular level. A lesser publicized but equally important benefit is that it promotes and supports healthy brain function.
Main benefits of supplemental Acetyl-L-Carnitine use:
- Assists in breakdown and transportation of fatty acids into mitochondria (fat burning)
- Improves athletic performance (endurance and stamina)
- Promotes lean body mass
- Supports healthy brain function
- More highly bioavailable than other forms of L-carnitine
Who should use it?
Anyone who exercises can benefit from Acetyl-L-Carnitine supplementation, whether to build muscle, burn fat, or for the sake of improved performance. Being more potent than other forms of L-carnitine makes it ideal for weight loss and fat burning as well as maximizing the improvements in physical performance. That high bioavailability also makes it the perfect students and/or anyone else who could benefit from improved mental focus.
When and how should it be used?
Sometimes found in fat-burning formulas, but also available as a high-potency standalone supplement, Acetyl-L-Carnitine is recommended to be taken in doses of 500-750 mg once per day for optimal results. When found in a formula, especially those that may contain caffeine-based stimulants, follow the directions on the product and avoid taking it close to bedtime. When taken by itself, any time of day should be fine, and consistency of dosage and timing is more important than the timing itself.
Note: For information purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.