It's been awhile! I hope you've been keeping up with your healthy pursuits as well as spending more time focusing on yourself. In this article, I have some exciting information to share that I hope would be of benefit to you!
In a study data shared by the University of Michigan Health System, L-carnitine possesses even more health benefits than previously discovered. According to these findings, if you're an athlete, you get to benefit from its energy-boosting capabilities. If you frequently work out at the gym, L-carnitine helps to prevent muscle soreness and injury. Even angina and diabetes sufferers get to benefit from this amazing molecule!
Let us break down some of the key issues L-carnitine addresses, based on the UMHS article:
Angina - 1 gram two to three times per day
According to Wikipedia:
"Angina, also known as angina pectoris, is chest pain or pressure, usually due to not enough blood flow to the heart muscle. Angina is usually due to obstruction or spasm of the coronary arteries. Other causes include anemia, abnormal heart rhythms, and heart failure."
Adequate energy is necessary for normal heart function, and because L-carnitine helps the process in which the body converts fat into energy, supplementing with 1 gram of L-carnitine a few times per day improves heart function and even reliefs the symptoms of angina.
Heart Attack - 2 grams daily
According to Medical News Today:
"A heart attack is the death of a segment of heart muscle caused by a loss of blood supply. The blood is usually cut off when an artery supplying the heart muscle is blocked by a blood clot."
In a 28-day double-blind trial, individuals suspected of heart attack were given 2 grams of L-carnitine per day. At the end of the study, infarct size and the number of non-fatal heart attacks were significantly reduced.
Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - 100mg per 1kg bodyweight daily
Whilst this is more relevant to children, it may help parents whose kids are diagnosed with ADHD.
According to the website, Kids Health:
"ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It is a medical condition. A person withADHD has differences in brain development and brain activity that affect attention, the ability to sit still, and self-control. ADHD can affect a child at school, at home, and in friendships."
In an 8-week long double-blind study, 54% of a group of boys diagnosed with ADHD and supplemented with L-carnitine showed improvement in their condition, as compared to 13% in the placebo group.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - 1 gram 3 times daily
According to Wikipedia:
"Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also referred to as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), is a medical condition characterized by long-term fatigue and other symptoms that limit a person's ability to carry out ordinary daily activities."
As L-carnitine is essential for energy production in the mitochondria, supplementation of 1 gram, 3 times daily in an 8-week preliminary trial improved CFS sufferers' condition.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - 2 grams 2 times daily
According to the website, COPD Foundation:
"Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory (non-reversible) asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis. This disease is characterized by increasing breathlessness.
With COPD, your lungs do not work as well as they once did and you find it more and more difficult to breathe. As the disease progresses, your symptoms tend to get worse and more damage occurs in the lungs. This damage is permanent."
In a double-blind trial lasting up to 4 weeks, people with chronic lung disease supplemented with 2 grams, twice per day of L-carnitine showed better breathing response during exercise.
Erectile Dysfunction - 2 grams each, daily, of a combination of propionyl-L-carnitine (a form of L-carnitine) and acetyl-L-carnitine
According to Wikipedia:
"Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, is a type of sexual dysfunction characterized by the inability to develop or maintain an erection of the penis during sexual activity. Erectile dysfunction can have psychological consequences as it can be tied to relationship difficulties and self-image."
Whilst this is more relevant to men, it might help some women whose partners or family members are sufferers of this condition. In a 6-month double-blind study, the combination of propionyl-L-carnitine and acetyl-L-carnitine proved more effective than testosterone treatment in elderly men with low testosterone levels.
Multiple Sclerosis and Drug-Induced Fatigue - 3 to 6 grams daily
According to NHS, UK:
"Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition which can affect the brain and/or spinal cord, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance. It's a lifelong condition that can sometimes cause serious disability, although it can occasionally be mild."
In a preliminary trial, MS patients experiencing drug-induced fatigue experienced higher energy levels (63% of participants).
Sprains and Strains and Exercise-Related Muscle Injury - 3 grams daily
According to the Mayo Clinic:
"A sprain is an injury to a ligament caused by tearing of the fibers of the ligament. The ligament can have a partial tear, or it can be completely torn apart. Ankle sprains are the most common type of sprain. Wrist, knee and thumbsprains are also common. Sprained ligaments often swell rapidly and are painful."
In a controlled study, people supplementing with L-carnitine for 3 weeks daily experienced a lowered possibility of muscle soreness.
Types 1 & 2 Diabetes - 0.25mg to 0.5mg per 1kg bodyweight daily
According to MedLine Plus:
"Diabetes is a disease in which your blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels are too high. Glucose comes from the foods you eat. Insulin is a hormone that helps the glucose get into your cells to give them energy. With type 1 diabetes, your body does not make insulin. With type 2 diabetes, the more common type, your body does not make or use insulin well. "
In one trial, when diabetes patients were given L-carnitine, high blood levels of fats, both cholesterol and triglycerides, dropped 25% to 39% in just 10 days!
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