L-Carnitine is a non-essential amino acid found in high concentrations in human heart and liver tissue, where it participates in metabolizing fatty acids into energy by the mitochondria. L-Carnitine also facilitates the metabolism of carbohydrates and enhances the rate of oxidative phosphorylation (ATP or energy production). L-Carnitine works synergistically with CO-Q10, an antioxidant found in the inner membrane of the mitochondria to increase cellular oxygenation. It also improves weight loss by increasing the use of fat as an energy source. Carnitine has also been shown to reduce serum lipid levels.
L-Carnitine in its pure base form is hydroscopic, which means it liquefies when exposed to air. Because of this, it was impossible to put into capsules without adding a large quantity of fillers or using a lesser quality fumerate or tartrate form of Carnitine. There is a technology now available called microencapsulation. The Carnitine is microencapsulated using fatty acids and ethyl cellulose. The resulting product is 85% pure L-Carnitine. We now make capsules that have an actual weight of 706 milligrams, which works out to 600 milligrams of pure U.S.P. grade L-Carnitine base per capsule.
Jo Mar sells L-Carnitine in both powder and capsule form. Our L-Carnitine is now in hypromellose veggie caps. The powder is not water soluble (it clumps) and weighs about 2.6 grams per level measuring teaspoon. As the L-Carnitine is still hydroscopic in nature, care should be used to avoid exposure to moisture and to keep the cap tightly sealed on the bottle.
The information stated here is not complete and should not be considered a recommendation. Please consult a qualified physician or nutritionist before beginning amino acid supplementation.
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