Originally used in fat burners, research has revealed that the benefits of carnitine go far beyond weight loss. Whether your goal is fat loss, building muscle or just overall health, carnitine is a great supplement to have on hand.
This nutrient is synthesized in the liver and kidneys from the amino acids lysine and methionine, so it is often referred to as an amino acid. Technically, it is more of an amino-like compound related to B vitamins. In fact, when it was being studied in the 1950s, it was referred to as vitamin BT.
The body stores carnitine in the muscles, the brain and even in sperm. In the central nervous system, carnitine helps to produce energy and acts as a powerful antioxidant. Some research even suggests it may provide protection against the aging process and neurodegeneration. However, carnitine’s role in the body is what it is best known for.
Carnitine’s claim to fame is its role in helping the body transport fat, particularly long-chain fatty acids, into the mitochondria of cells. Mitochondria are the cells’ powerhouses, taking raw materials and transforming them into energy. In this case, the fat delivered by carnitine would be transformed into ATP – the energy behind metabolism. This process is happening all the time, but studies show carnitine can be effective during intense exercise. In short, carnitine helps you burn more fat, particularly during your workouts.
In addition to helping you burn fat, carnitine is also able to help you preserve muscle glycogen. Glycogen is normally your body’s main energy source, but by transporting free fatty acids to your muscle cells, carnitine helps you burn fat as energy instead. This dual preservation and burning can help you to perform longer with less fatigue.
Carnitine may also help boost performance by increasing blood flow. If you improve blood flow, more of the necessary nutrients and hormones are able to go where they’re needed most during exercise. Carnitine basically helps your body produce more nitric oxide (NO), and when NO levels are higher in the blood, you feel more energized.
As an antioxidant, carnitine helps prevent damage to healthy cells by free radicals. As stated above, it may help protect the brain from both age- and stress-related damage and promote a healthy immune system.
Ready to incorporate carnitine into your supplement regimen? We offer it in two different forms: CLA + Carnitine and Garcinia + Carnitine. It’s also one of the fat-fighting ingredients we added to Best BCAA Shredded™.
CLA + Carnitine
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is a naturally occurring group of beneficial omega-6 fats. Studies suggest that CLA could help enhance lean muscle-building programs. Combined with carnitine, this supplement is great for anyone trying to shed a few pounds to reveal lean muscle gains.*
Garcinia + Carnitine
Garcinia cambogia is an extract from a sour, tropical fruit that may help control appetite and reduce body fat production in the body. At the same time, carnitine helps your body burn existing fat for energy.*
Best BCAA Shredded™
BCAAs are primarily used for muscle building and recovery, but the addition of grains of paradise and carnitine may support fat-burning during your workout, particularly fasted cardio.*