Therapeutic Uses of Carnitine- ☼ Increases the use of fat as an energy source ☼ Major source of energy for muscles ☼ Prevents fatty buildup, especially in the heart, liver, and skeletal muscles. ☼ May be useful in treating chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) [studies have shown decreased carnitine levels in many people with CFS] ☼ Reduces health risks associated with diabetes by increasing fat metabolism ☼ Inhibits alcohol-induced fatty liver ☼ Lessens the risk of heart disorders ☼ Helps to ease the severe pain of intermittent claudication ☼ Has the ability to lower blood triglyceride levels ☼ Aids in weight loss ☼ Improves the motility of sperm ☼ Improves muscle strength in people with neuromuscular disorders ☼ May be useful in treating Alzheimer’s disease ☼ Can also be used to treat other cognitive disorders, as well as depression ☼
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Enhances the effectiveness of the antioxidant vitamins E and C ☼ Works with antioxidants to help slow the aging process by promoting the synthesis of an enzyme in brain cells that is vital for the production of cellular energy there ☼ Synthesis of carnitine depends on adequate levels of iron, B1, B6, vitamin C, and the amino acids lysine and methionine in the body ☼ Vegetarians are more likely to be deficient in carnitine because it is not found in vegetable protein ☼ Treatment with carnitine reduces damage to the heart from cardiac surgery.
Time: 15 minutes