Elcarnitine is a compound similar to vitamins, but not related to them. Therefore, attributing it to vitamins is a mistake. It has become especially popular for weight loss and as a sports nutrition.
In general, it is necessary to understand that our body not only receives it with food, but also produces this substance itself, it is a metabolic compound. It is mainly produced in the liver and kidneys. Iron, some vitamins and amino acids are involved in its synthesis.
In pharmacies, you can find a dietary supplement with L-carnitine in the form of:
- Tablets, capsules;
The rules for taking each will be written below, but in tablets, for example, you can not take L-carnitine for more than six months. The syrup is taken for one to one and a half months with the possibility of repeating the course in more than 2 weeks. The powder is usually taken for a month, in some cases – two, but not longer. It is advisable not to take caffeine in order to reduce the load on the nervous system.
Levocarnitine in the human body
Levocarnitine is necessary for the transport of fatty acids to the cells, so that they are subsequently broken down in the mitochondria with the release of energy. Based on this, when taking such a dietary supplement, the body processes fat in the cells more actively, because it is more actively supplied to its cells. Another of its functions is the removal of harmful metabolites from mitochondria. With a deficiency of carnitine, obesity and heart problems primarily occur.
Before describing the benefits, it should be pointed out that there may be some side effects and contraindications, of which there are not many. Of the contraindications, only intolerance, pregnancy and lactation. Side effects are very rare, but they can be allergies, epigastric pain, intestinal irritation, dyspepsia, muscle weakness with uremia, sleep problems if recommendations are not followed. There were no other side effects of the drug, an overdose is unlikely, but a specialist consultation before taking is desirable.
From the description of the action of carnitine in the body, it becomes clear that it can help people who lose weight well. But taking it and sitting around waiting for the result will definitely not be enough. Studies confirm that L-carnitine, when taken daily, significantly increases the ability to burn fat, and also speeds up the metabolism. However, it is highly recommended to stick to a proper diet and to expose yourself to some physical activity. It should be noted that proper nutrition does not imply low-calorie diets. Mono-diets are also prohibited, they will only harm. You just need to eat more proteins and carbohydrates, but also take into account “healthy” fats. The consumption of meat is also important. Vegetarians get much less of this substance, since it is found in animal products.
In terms of physical activity, it is worth noting that they need to be practiced for at least half an hour every day or every other day to activate the fat burning process. It can be running, brisk walking, swimming, dancing and much, much more, to which the soul lies, because you can’t force yourself. It is better to tune in positively and do more often what you really like.
In order to reduce weight, it is recommended to take syrup three times a day, 5 ml, 2-3 times a day, 250-500 mg in tablets or capsules, or 1 g of powder per day.
This group of elcarnitine is useful in that it helps protect muscles from damage. In addition, it allows you to reduce the concentration of lactic acid in the muscles, which accumulates in them as a result of training. There are other advantages of using it, namely:
- Increased endurance;
- “Economy” of glycogen stores in the body, thereby “removing” the feeling of fatigue;
- Reducing the feeling of hunger that comes after physical exertion;
- Useful for the heart muscle;
- Keeps stocks of especially important amino acids, including BCAA;
- Reduces the risk of injury;
- It can be taken with other supplements without much caution;
- A decrease in the respiratory quotient (the ratio of carbon dioxide exhaled to oxygen inhaled), which means an increase in endurance.
Athletes are more often recommended to use syrup, preferably 15 ml half an hour before training. But you can take both tablets and powder. Tablets in this case are taken once before training at a dose of 500-1500 mg. The powder can be taken if necessary up to 15 mg per day.
What else is L-carnitine good for?
Firstly, it is very useful to take levocarnitine for the elderly and people with diseases of the blood vessels and heart. This is because this supplement not only strengthens muscles and improves metabolism, but also helps to reduce cholesterol, which, in turn, has a bad effect on coronary vessels. Also, the effect of lowering cholesterol contributes to the prevention of heart attack, stroke, vasoconstriction of the brain and heart, coronary heart disease. In this case, it is necessary to consult a specialist, but although there are results from taking 1 g per day, it is better to take at least 2 g for best results.
Secondly, today many people are more likely to quickly get tired. In some cases, it may be chronic fatigue syndrome. This condition is due to the fact that in the body of those suffering from this syndrome there was less carnitine than the rest, and more metabolic waste. It is possible that taking elcarnitine in this case can have a beneficial effect on a person. In this case, too, you should consult a doctor, but in general, 3 g per day allowed people with CFS to recover.
Thirdly, there is such a problem in men as asthenospermia – a decrease in sperm motility. In this state, problems with conceiving a child are predictable. It turned out that there is some relationship between their mobility and the level of L-carnitine. It cannot be said that by taking it, one can be cured with one hundred percent probability, but levocarnitine increases both the number of spermatozoa and their mobility. But it should be noted that it is necessary to stop using tobacco and reduce alcohol consumption in order to achieve the desired effect.
In addition to all of the above, elcarnitine stimulates tissue regeneration, reduces the risk of hypoxia, prevents osteoporosis, and increases resistance to stress.
For whatever reasons you start taking L-carnitine, first try to consult with specialists. If this is not possible, you should at least try a dose less than the recommended one and thereby check if there are any noticeable side effects. If there are any,…