Acetyl l’carnitine! If you have been following my blog so far we are talking about Neurobiologix exciting new product MitoCell. Just to recap, we talked about PQQ the antioxidant with the ability to carry out 20,000 catalytic conversions compared to only 4 for vitamin C, CoQ10 the ignition of the cell and now we’re going to talk about acetyl l’carnitine. Acetyl l’carnitine is synthesized to provide a more bioavailable form of L-carnitine. Derived from the amino acid lysine, L-carnitine is made naturally in the body by the liver and kidneys, and then transported to other tissues such as the brain and heart.
Like L-carnitine, and PQQ acetyl-L-carnitine functions as an antioxidant and promotes the production of glutathione, a free radical scavenger, in cells.
Because L-carnitine is involved in cellular metabolism, acetyl-L-carnitine is even better to help increase energy production in the mitochondria, the "power plant" of all cells, and thereby may generally boost physical and mental energy.
Here’s how it works: when triglycerides, (tri meaning 3 blood fats) are transported to the cell an enzyme breaks them up into single fat molecules and puts them into a “carnitine shuttle” like little box cars that shuttle the fat into the mitochondria to burn as fuel. That’s one reason why many trainers recommend taking l’carnitine for your workout. It helps to burn fat and create more energy.
As a dietary supplement, acetyl-L-carnitine is also often used to help improve memory, and studies have shown it to be a possible adjunct treatment for Alzheimer's disease. As for other benefits, daily supplementation with acetyl-L-carnitine may have a protective effect on the central nervous system and may benefit the heart. In addition, it may help address symptoms of depression, and may even be useful in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, stroke, and traumatic brain injury.
Acetyl l’carnitine comes in the MitoCell but Neurobiologix also sells it by itself.
Best of Health!
Radhia Gleis, Wellness Director
Radhia Gleis, CCN, is a Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist/Holistic Practitioner, Wellness Director for Martin's Compounding & Wellness Pharmacies with three locations in the Austin area. She is available for private consultation at the LakeHills Pharmacy, M-F, 1:30 to 6:30pm. Contact [email protected]