L-Carnitine

Mitochondria Inner Structure
By Russell M. Jaffe, MD, PhD
December 05, 2019

If you are working to maintain a healthy weight, L-Carnitine is a nutrient you should get to know. You can think of L-Carnitine’s metabolic role as “shoveling biologic coal (free fats) into the mitochondrial cell furnace.” This increases both fat metabolism and cell energy. Without the “L-Carnitine shovel,” the furance stops burning fat efficiently. Your metabolism slows, fat accumulates and weight is harder to manage.

We get a constant supply of carnitine in our diet, especially if we eat meat. (In fact, the name carnitine is derived from the Latin word for meat.) Most people are...

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