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Carinitine Review - Is it Worth The Hype?

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Carnitine or L carnitine is a naturally occurring amino acid and it is produced by liver and kidneys. This amino acid derivative is hydrophilic in nature. If you are a weight loss hopeful then you might have heard about this product a lot. It is difficult to find a generic review of all carnitine supplemental products at one place. Hence to address this need, this carnitine review has been put and it gives you insight into some general properties and pros –cons of carnitine supplements.  


Carnitine is synthesized from amino acids methionine and lysine. One of the primary roles performed by Carnitine is transporting the cell to mitochondria, where it is synthesized and is converted into energy. This energy is utilized by the body for different functions. Carnitine is stored in sperm, muscles, brain and heart. The carnitine supplements are recommended to people with health conditions such as angina or intermittant claudication. The carnitine supplements also help to offset the oxidative stress. Carnitine propels fat burning and this is the reason why it is popularly used in many weight loss products too.


L-Carnitine when sold as a single product contains only L-Carnitine , and when it is served as a weight loss product it is combined with other weight loss ingredients. L –Carnitine can be purchased as capsule, liquid and powder. It can be ordered easily from any online stores at price of $15. 


Carnitine can be used for treating:

  • Male Infertility: Low levels of carnitine are observed in men with low sperm count. Several clinical studies suggest that L-Carnitine supplements help in enhancing the sperm count and sperm motility.
  • Kidney disease: Kidney's are the primary area of carnitine production and this process is hampered in people suffering from kidney ailments. Carnitine supplements are given to people suffering from kidney disease and undergoing dialysis.
  • Alzheimer Disease and Memory Impairment: Some clinical studies suggest that L-Carnitine aids in stopping the advancement of Alzheimer’s and other memory related disorders.Carnitine supplements are used for treating depression, dementia and other forms of memory loss.Carnitine supplements are administered to alzheimers patients only under the supervision of physicians.
  • Erectile Dysfunction: Some clinical studies have suggested that L-carnitine may aid in improving the male sexual dysfunction. One study suggested that diabetic men responded positive towards carnitine supplementation when it was administered to them in combination of Viagra. Earlier these men have not responded to the Viagra.
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: It has been widely speculated that CFS might be caused due to deficiency of certain nutrients like L-Carnitine. Also, people who took L-Carnitine supplements fared better than the ones who relied on other fatigue medications. More studies are being carried out in this area.


Side Effects and Interactions

  • Carnitine is not recommended for those who have thyroid problem. Some minor side effects like nausea, headache, and vomiting have been reported after using this supplement. There are not sufficient proofs to support the effectiveness of Carnitine in weight loss.
  • Carnitine should not be used in combination of drugs like AZT (used for the treatment of alzheimers), Isotretinoin, Valproic acid, and Doxorubicin.


Final Word

There are very few clinical evidences to prove half of the health benefits hyped by the caritine supplements manufacturers, so it is advisable to consume these supplements under the supervision of physician. 


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delicious.bites's picture
Very well written and informative! Keep sharing these reviews...
healthyeating's picture
Glad to read such an informative article! Keep it up...
Rashmi Ambadkar's picture
Nice to read such information on the Benefits of Carnitine, really advantageous..
FitGal's picture
Never knew carnitine was so important for the human body. Thanks for such informative piece.
PriyankaPoddar's picture
I have heard a lot about such weight loss aids...I am really skeptical about all these quick fixes really! But good that it can be used for other clinical purposes as well..
umaima's picture
I agree with Priyanka ..quick fixes are a risk. But it seems this pill can be used for other ailments/problems too...we can say..One pill many uses. However, I like the fact that it can be used for alzheimers patients.
The.Hungry.Soul's picture
Iv tried several weight loss and fat burning pills and the ill effects are more than the benefits. I wonder how effective pills with carnitine would be. If anyone has used a carnitine product do let me know if it helped in weight loss.
yummyyum's picture
I am always skeptical about such products and heard only about the ill effects. Reading this article, I feel it has many health benefits than negative effects. Users can put in their thots here and share their experiences.
vijay's picture
Carinitine is certainly not a magic pill that will make body fat disappear magically while you wallow on your couch, but it sure is great for helping you burn more fat as you workout. So yeah, it does help metabolism and weight loss but only if you make that extra effort.
foodietweetie's picture
Good to know that some supplements area actually safe to consume and can provide immense health benefits. But still I believe a prescription is always necessary to start with these products.
oatmeal's picture
Yea, nowadays people go to any extent to look lean and healthy, but they should understand that supplements like Carnitine do no good. It causes more harm than bringing any real benefit.
Gourmet.lover's picture
Very informative. Thanks for sharing
thot4food's picture
There are always a lot of hypes surrounding weight loss products. But a cure for Alzheimers? I would rather take it with a pinch of salt. Thanks.
barbecue's picture
highly informative post on carnitine!
Anonymous's picture
Never heard about carnitine, thanks for sharing the information.Keep posting more of such information. cheers
foodpsychologist's picture
Thanks for this honest review of carnitine. I am not clear about what you meant by hydrophilic in nature. Could you please explain it to me?
bronzegoddess.bright's picture
good to know that a thing or two about this!
Carinitine Review - Is It Worth The Hype?