What is Acetyl L-Carnitine (ALCAR)?
Acetyl L-Carnitine (ALCAR) is an acetylated form of L-carnitine. The human body uses Acetyl L-Carnitine for fatty acid oxidation, the process in which fatty acids are broken down to create energy. It achieves this by transporting fatty acids across the mitochondria membrane for oxidation to occur. The highest levels of ALCAR are found in tissues that use fatty acids as their main fuel, namely the skeletal and cardiac muscles. Because of the attached acetyl group, Acetyl L-Carnitine is a cognitive enhancer and neuroprotective agent.
ALCAR is also able to enter the circulation of the central nervous system, where it acts as a powerful antioxidant. Recent studies have demonstrated synergistic benefits from the combination of ALCAR and Alpha Lipoic Acid.
Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALCAR) and Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)
Alpha Lipoic Acid and Acetyl-L-Carnitine work synergistically to support the benefits of each other in respect to cognitive function, memory and mental acuity. Both compounds display many impressive properties and have many synergistic effects when combined. These supplements are good nootropics and are frequently blended together in retail products.
ALA is a naturally occurring antioxidant enzyme and an important mitochondrial component. ALA may synergize with ALCAR and may help further increase exercise performance.
Solubility of ALCAR
This product dissolves quickly in water and has a moderately sour but pleasing taste that mixes well with citrus drinks like lemonade. Mix the product with a citrus juice or dissolve in water and drink.
References & Further Research
National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: Carnitine fact sheet
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