How does it work?
L-Carnitine is similar to an amino acid where it transports fatty acids into the mitochondria of cells to be used for energy production.1 It is found in cardiac and skeletal tissue and improves normal healthy lipid and carbohydrate metabolism.2
What results can be expected?
L-Carnitine may help to increase energy, reduce symptoms of angina (chest pain), and improve exercised-induced angina.3 Unlike Acetyl L-Carnitine, L-Carnitine does not cross the blood-brain barrier therefore is used for energy production in heart and muscle tissue.4
1WebMD. (2009). Vitamins and Supplements - L Carnitine. Retrieved Jan 2014, from WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/l-carnitine
2Braun, L. &. Cohen, M. (2010). Herbs and Natural Supplements (3rd ed.). Chatswood: Elsevier pp.286-87
3UMM. (2013). Carnitine. Retrieved Jan 2014, from University of Maryland Medical Center: http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/carnitine-lcarnitine
4Braun, L. &. Cohen, M. (2010). Herbs and Natural Supplements (3rd ed.). Chatswood: Elsevier pp.286-87