Have you heard of L-Carnitine?
If you’re an athlete, there’s a good chance you have. This compound is popular in elite sporting circles.
If not, it may have escaped your notice. It’s lesser known as a health and slimming aid than protein powders and caffeine hits.
Yet L-Carnitine might hold the key to transforming your body.
L-Carnitine’s main role is important; to transport long-chain fatty acids to the mitochondria, where they are converted into energy. It acts like a shovel. Able to scoop and move biological “coal” (long-chain fatty acids) into the furnace, where it can be burned for power.
But as an article published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, it does more than this alone.
L-Carnitine is involved in the metabolic pathways that maintain skeletal muscle protein balance. That is the making and breaking down of protein. As an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant, it may reduce exercise-induced muscle damage. As lean muscle mass is required to burn fat and slim the body, this should not be overlooked!
Let’s take a look at this compound in greater detail. It might be just what you’ve been looking for…
Fat burning, supercharged
So that we don’t need to eat continuously, the body can produce energy whether we are fed or fasted. When we’ve eaten, we store glucose and synthesize fats for future use. When we’ve fasted, the body switches gears. The liver produces glucose, fat storage is slowed, and fatty acid oxidation (“fat burning”) is switched on.
To flick on the fat burning switch, a cascade of biological dominos is required. One step triggers the next, which triggers the next. Carnitine, including L-Carnitine, forms one of these dominos. If it doesn’t “fall,” up-regulation is hindered. Fat burning is limited.
Yet, being able to flick the switch offers incredible slimming potential. As the article, The role of the carnitine system in human metabolism, said, “Activation of fatty acid oxidation has considerable clinical promise for the treatment of obesity…”
Carnitine — including L-Carnitine — may help drop unwanted, unhealthy fat.
Push yourself further physically and mentally
Do you want to push yourself in the gym or on the track?
Would you like to build the lean muscle mass that burns through calories and provides a svelte, strong silhouette?
Did you know that dieting can trigger muscle loss, which can tank your resting metabolic rate and sabotage your weight loss efforts?
The question then becomes…
How can you follow a diet and maintain — even grow — your muscle mass?
L-Carnitine may offer a potent answer.
Research published in the Journal of Exercise Nutrition & Biochemistry investigated the effects of a nine-week L-Carnitine supplementation regime on three outcomes: anaerobic power, exercise performance, and exercise-induced oxidative stress. The participants were resistance-trained men.
The study followed the gold standard in research; a randomized, double-blind study with a placebo. At the end of the nine weeks, the results were marked. When the treatment group (those taking L-carnitine) was compared to the control group (those who took a “sugar” pill), there were significant increases in:
— bench press lifting volume
— mean power
— peak power
— total antioxidant capacity
Plus, a reduction in after-exercise blood lactate levels. An increase in antioxidant capacity and reduction in blood lactate levels may protect against exercise-induced muscle damage and pain and allow you to push harder.
An older study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research supports this. The authors found that supplementing with L-carnitine L-tartrate “reduced the amount of exercise-induced muscle tissue damage.”
So, L-carnitine promises increased strength, a reduction in after-exercise pain, and faster recovery.
And this isn’t just a young person’s game. This compound offers muscle growth and weight loss benefits for older people too.
Research published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a renowned publication, found that L-carnitine supplementation was a boon for our oldest community members. It triggered a…
— reduction in total fat mass
— increase in total muscle mass
— improvements in physical and mental fatigue (including reducing their severity)
Brain function even soared!
All from one compound.
Understandably, when you can push yourself a little further physically and mentally — without losing muscle mass or wearing out — it becomes easier to carve yourself a slimmer, healthier body.
Directly encourage weight loss
As we’ve just discussed, L-carnitine may supercharge fat-burning, increase muscle mass, and reduce fatigue, but can it directly influence fat loss?
In short, yes.
A systematic review and meta-analysis looked at 37 randomized controlled trials. The authors evaluated 37 studies (together) to determine the effects of L-carnitine supplementation on weight.
Their results showed that (drum roll, please…)
L-carnitine supplementation significantly:
— reduced body weight
— lowered body mass index
— decreased fat mass
This was especially seen in adults who were overweight and obese. Yes, those who need to shed some pounds.
Ready to supplement with a high-quality L-carnitine-containing product?
At Onest, we love L-carnitine! We feel it’s one of the best-kept secrets in the weight loss arena. That’s why it’s a key ingredient in our elite fat burner, HyperBurn.
HyperBurn contains 1125 mg of L-carnitine tartrate and 1125 mg of acetyl-L-carnitine per delicious zero-calorie serving. Plus, we’ve blended this legendary product with additional fat-burning, energy-boosting ingredients to get you results.
When you can burn fat, gain muscle mass, increase your energy, and directly melt pounds, weight loss becomes easier.
As David M. says, “Ever since I started using this product, I have more energy and have lost 50 pounds.” At 60 years of age, we say congrats and Go, David!
The L-carnitine Takeaway
L-carnitine is a natural weight loss powerhouse that deserves greater awareness. This incredible compound shouldn’t be confined to the sporting elite!
With the potential to switch on the ability to burn fat, increase muscle mass and strength, reduce mental and physical fatigue, lower exercise-induced muscle damage and pain, and directly aid weight loss, there’s little wonder it’s a crowd fav!
What have you got to lose?