Carinitine Review - Is it Worth The Hype?

 
22-Jul-2011 by

 

Carnitine or L carnitine is a naturally occurring amino acid and it is produced by liver and kidneys. This amino acid derivative is hydrophilic in nature. If you are a weight loss hopeful then you might have heard about this product a lot. It is difficult to find a generic review of all carnitine supplemental products at one place. Hence to address this need, this carnitine review has been put and it gives you insight into some general properties and pros –cons of carnitine supplements.  

 

Overview
Carnitine is synthesized from amino acids methionine and lysine. One of the primary roles performed by Carnitine is transporting the cell to mitochondria, where it is synthesized and is converted into energy. This energy is utilized by the body for different functions. Carnitine is stored in sperm, muscles, brain and heart. The carnitine supplements are recommended to people with health conditions such as angina or intermittant claudication. The carnitine supplements also help to offset the oxidative stress. Carnitine propels fat burning and this is the reason why it is popularly used in many weight loss products too.

 

L-Carnitine when sold as a single product contains only L-Carnitine , and when it is served as a weight loss product it is combined with other weight loss ingredients. L –Carnitine can be purchased as capsule, liquid and powder. It can be ordered easily from any online stores at price of $15. 

 

Benefits
Carnitine can be used for treating:

  • Male Infertility: Low levels of carnitine are observed in men with low sperm count. Several clinical studies suggest that L-Carnitine supplements help in enhancing the sperm count and sperm motility.
  • Kidney disease: Kidney's are the primary area of carnitine production and this process is hampered in people suffering from kidney ailments. Carnitine supplements are given to people suffering from kidney disease and undergoing dialysis.
  • Alzheimer Disease and Memory Impairment: Some clinical studies suggest that L-Carnitine aids in stopping the advancement of Alzheimer’s and other memory related disorders.Carnitine supplements are used for treating depression, dementia and other forms of memory loss.Carnitine supplements are administered to alzheimers patients only under the supervision of physicians.
  • Erectile Dysfunction: Some clinical studies have suggested that L-carnitine may aid in improving the male sexual dysfunction. One study suggested that diabetic men responded positive towards carnitine supplementation when it was administered to them in combination of Viagra. Earlier these men have not responded to the Viagra.
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: It has been widely speculated that CFS might be caused due to deficiency of certain nutrients like L-Carnitine. Also, people who took L-Carnitine supplements fared better than the ones who relied on other fatigue medications. More studies are being carried out in this area.

 

Side Effects and Interactions

  • Carnitine is not recommended for those who have thyroid problem. Some minor side effects like nausea, headache, and vomiting have been reported after using this supplement. There are not sufficient proofs to support the effectiveness of Carnitine in weight loss.
  • Carnitine should not be used in combination of drugs like AZT (used for the treatment of alzheimers), Isotretinoin, Valproic acid, and Doxorubicin.

 

Final Word
There are very few clinical evidences to prove half of the health benefits hyped by the caritine supplements manufacturers, so it is advisable to consume these supplements under the supervision of physician. 

 

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Comments

delicious bites profile page

delicious bites says :

Very well written and informative! Keep sharing these reviews...
Posted on: 8 August 2011 - 11:59pm
healthyeating profile page

healthyeating says :

Glad to read such an informative article! Keep it up...
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 12:27am
Anonymous

Rashmi Ambadkar says :

Nice to read such information on the Benefits of Carnitine, really advantageous..
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 12:33am
FitGal profile page

FitGal says :

Never knew carnitine was so important for the human body. Thanks for such informative piece.
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 12:54am
Anonymous

PriyankaPoddar says :

I have heard a lot about such weight loss aids...I am really skeptical about all these quick fixes really! But good that it can be used for other clinical purposes as well..
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 1:45am
umaima profile page

umaima says :

I agree with Priyanka ..quick fixes are a risk. But it seems this pill can be used for other ailments/problems too...we can say..One pill many uses. However, I like the fact that it can be used for alzheimers patients.
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 3:48am
The Hungry Soul profile page

The Hungry Soul says :

Iv tried several weight loss and fat burning pills and the ill effects are more than the benefits. I wonder how effective pills with carnitine would be. If anyone has used a carnitine product do let me know if it helped in weight loss.
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 4:18am
yummyyum profile page

yummyyum says :

I am always skeptical about such products and heard only about the ill effects. Reading this article, I feel it has many health benefits than negative effects. Users can put in their thots here and share their experiences.
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 5:33am
vij profile page

vij says :

Carinitine is certainly not a magic pill that will make body fat disappear magically while you wallow on your couch, but it sure is great for helping you burn more fat as you workout. So yeah, it does help metabolism and weight loss but only if you make that extra effort.
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 8:14am
foodietweetie profile page

foodietweetie says :

Good to know that some supplements area actually safe to consume and can provide immense health benefits. But still I believe a prescription is always necessary to start with these products.
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 8:31am
oatmeal profile page

oatmeal says :

Yea, nowadays people go to any extent to look lean and healthy, but they should understand that supplements like Carnitine do no good. It causes more harm than bringing any real benefit.
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 8:38am
Gourmet_lover profile page

Gourmet_lover says :

Very informative. Thanks for sharing
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 10:19am
thot4food profile page

thot4food says :

There are always a lot of hypes surrounding weight loss products. But a cure for Alzheimers? I would rather take it with a pinch of salt. Thanks.
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 11:15am
barbecue profile page

barbecue says :

highly informative post on carnitine!
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 11:40am
Anonymous

Anonymous says :

Never heard about carnitine, thanks for sharing the information.Keep posting more of such information. cheers
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 1:04pm
foodpsychologist profile page

foodpsychologist says :

Thanks for this honest review of carnitine. I am not clear about what you meant by hydrophilic in nature. Could you please explain it to me?
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 2:07pm
bronzegoddess_bright profile page

bronzegoddess_bright says :

good to know that a thing or two about this!
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 3:13pm
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