Know Your Bodybuilding Supplement - L-Carnitine

L-carnitine is synthesized in the body from the amino acids lysine and methionine but it can also be found in nutritional sources such as red meats, dairy products and avocados. Its main role in the body is to help metabolize food into energy. L-carnitine does this by transferring long chain fatty acids into mitochondria where they are oxidised to produce energy.

L-carnitine is heart friendly and has been used for many years in the treatment of heart disease. Studies have shown that it can increase the heart's output and function, stimulate energy supply to the heart and improve overall cardiac performance.

Many bodybuilders use it for the following reasons:

1. It promotes muscle growth.

2. It increases energy.

3. It helps to burn fat.

4. It helps to prevent muscle fatigue.

L-carnitine is a relatively safe supplement provided the manufacturer's recommendations are followed. As with all supplements, remain aware that l-carnitine could be contained in other products so read the labels carefully to ensure your daily intake does not exceed four grams.

Richard Mitchell is the creator of the website that provides guidance and information to athletes at all levels of bodybuilding experience. Go to Bodybuilding Advice to learn more about the issues covered in this article.

In The News:

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at

Deccan Chronicle

To manage weight, it may matter when protein supplements are ...
Science Daily
People looking to manage their weight with strength-training and protein supplements should consume their supplements during a meal, according to a ...
Here's when you should consume protein supplementsDeccan Chronicle
To manage weight, it may matter when protein supplements are consumeddomain-B

all 8 news articles »


Warn Patients About Unlisted Hormones in Supplements
We have to screen for dietary supplements carefully. These in particular can impact how we interpret hormonal tests and evaluate hormone-related conditions. Take a moment to make your patients aware of the importance of sharing with you all the pills ...


There's a harsh new warning against pills and capsules that claim to work like sunscreen — here's what to know
That same day, the FDA sent warning letters to the makers of Advanced Skin Brightening Formula, Sunsafe Rx, Sunergetic, and Solaricare — dietary supplements promising some amount of protection from the sun, the statement added. "These companies ...

and more »

What You've Always Wanted to Know About Supplements
While it's important to get to know supplements and what they're really good for (PSA: don't believe everything you read), there's another burning question that's always on my mind: What's the best way to take supplements in the first place? Sure ...

US consumers trust big brand supplements the most, BrandSpark survey reveals
There were five categories concerning supplements. This year's winners from this space, announced on Wednesday​​, were Centrum for 'Adult Vitamin,' Metamucil for fiber supplement, Osteo Bi-Flex for joint care supplements, Nature Made for nutritional ...

FDA warns that sunscreen pill supplements are fake
“The good news is there is a simple and natural way to strengthen your skin's defenses against ultraviolet radiation in the form of a daily supplement designed to improve skin health.” In fact, it cannot do this, the FDA said. They “are putting people ...
The FDA Is Warning People to Steer Clear of Sunscreen PillsTIME
FDA Warns Consumers Against Sunscreen
Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, on new FDA actions to keep consumers safe from the harmful
FDA -FDA -Environmental Working Group
all 143 news articles »


You May Want to Stop Drinking Protein Shakes After Workouts — Here's Why
Researchers found that the consumption of protein supplements are effective in increasing lean muscle mass, but it's the time of consumption that can either make or break your body composition. People who consumed protein supplements with their meals ...

Vitamin D supplements decrease recurrent wheeze in black preterm infants
Black preterm infants who received vitamin D supplementation until 12 months' adjusted gestational age were nearly 11% less likely to experience recurrent wheezing when compared with neonates who did not receive the supplementation, according to ...

United States: FDA: Food & Dietary Supplements >> Regulatory And Class Action Claims Against "Healthy" And ...
Mondaq News Alerts
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and class action bar are continuing to pursue enforcement and litigation against food and dietary supplement manufacturers who make drug claims, and in 2017, paid particular attention to products purported to ...

Purdue News Service (press release)

Whey protein supplements and exercise help women improve body composition, not leading to bulkiness
Purdue News Service (press release)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — It's known that men benefit from whey protein supplements and exercise, and for what is believed to be the first time, the same can be said for women, according to a large study review by Purdue University nutrition experts.

Google News

Vitamin B-2

Riboflavin is a common name for vitamin B-2 and was... Read More

3 Steps to Identify Supplements that Lack Scientific Evidence

You read about a supplement that allegedly "Boosts your mood... Read More

Grreen Power

It's green, it's valuable, and it can vastly improve your... Read More

Benefits of Bee Pollen Supplementation

Since ancient time bee pollen has been considered as an... Read More

The Effectiveness of Vitamin C

We all know that vitamin C is one of the... Read More

Vitamin A ? The Glow-in-the-dark Vitamin

The ancient Egyptians had a cure for "night blindness". They... Read More

Keeping Tabs on Niacin

Vitamin B3 is one of the vitamins that make up... Read More

Omega 3s... Fish Oil, and DHA...

There is no doubt that Omega 3's can not only... Read More

Creatine Supplementation for Increased Performance and Building Muscle

Creatine is an amino acid that is in meat and... Read More

Saw Palmetto

At the rate it's going, Saw Palmetto will soon be... Read More

Herbal Supplement

Herbal Supplement ? what is it?So what is an herbal... Read More

A Guide to Herbal Sleep Aids

Difficulty sleeping can affect many aspects of life. People who... Read More

Increase Your Production Of Nitric Oxide

What Is Nitric Oxide (NO)?Nitric oxide (NO) is produced by... Read More

Fatty Acids Could Protect Against Parkinson?s

Both types of unsaturated fatty acids are contained within neuronal... Read More

Not all Antioxidants are Created Equal!

The growing numbers of health conscious people today living more... Read More

The Importance of Taking a Multivitamin Supplement

It's absolutely crucial that your body gets the nutrients it... Read More

Calcium Supplement

Calcium Supplement ? why calcium.Why is calcium supplement so important?... Read More

Protein Supplement

Protein Supplement ? whey protein.Why is protein supplement important? Protein... Read More

Weight Lifting Supplement

Weight Lifting Supplement ? what is it?The term "weight lifting... Read More

Are Fat Burner Products Safe?

A fat burner supplement operates by breaking down body fat... Read More

The Undercover Vitamin

There is a secret vitamin in the neighborhood, wandering around... Read More

Body Calling: The Healthiest Women in the World

In September 2004 Orange County, California published an article "OC... Read More

Shopping for Supplements -- Living Healthy and Saving Money

When it comes to personalized weight loss programs and their... Read More

Beneficial Effects of Vitamins and Minerals To Your Blood

Vitamins, minerals and other nutrients are essential to the health... Read More

The Real Truth About Supplements

Not All Supplements are Created Equal. There are more supplements... Read More