You are buying L-carnitine which is a non-protegenic amino acid that is involved in fatty acid oxidation. It is naturally produced in the liver and kidneys. L-Carnitine is used in the human body in the catabolism and transport of fatty acids within mitochondria.
Supplementation of L-carnitine may help support energy metabolism and the nervous system.
*NOTE: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
What is the difference between Acetyl L-Carnitine (ALCAR) and L-Carnitine? Is one more effective than the other, or can a person take both?
The difference between Acetyl L-Carnitine and L-Carnitine Base is the attached acetyl group in the Acetyl L-Carnitine versus the free-form amino acid L-Carnitine Base, which does not include this added molecule.
The Acetyl L-Carnitine is considered to have increased bioavailability for crossing neurological membranes and therefore is taken for nootropic and neurological health benefits. The L-Carnitine Base, on the other hand, is generally taken for cardiovascular health and as a fat burner.
ALCAR is generally not recommended as a fat burner and for weight loss because it is too bioactive neurologically. Taking the higher serving sizes necessary to be effective as a fat burner is considered too large an amount given it’s neurological effects.
Both have differing targeted uses although there is overlap, and some recommend taking both
- Review by Clarence on 9/9/2014
- Review by SLUCEROCKET on 5/22/2013