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Acetyl Carnitine - benefits for athletes

Acetyl Carnitine is claimed to have many beneficial effects for athletes, including assisting to burn excess fat stores, and promote a leaner, more powerful physique.

What is it?

Acetylcarnitine (also known as Acetyl L Carnitine or ALCAR) and carnitine play several important roles in the human body. These molecules are involved in transporting fatty acids into mitochondria so that they can be used as a fuel for energy production. The acetyl group of acetylcarnitine is used to form acetyl-CoA, an intermediary in the generation of energy from amino acids, fats, and carbohydrates.

Meat is a good source of Acetyl L-Carnitine Meat is a good source of Acetyl L-Carnitine

Can it help sports people?

As Acetyl-Carnitine is used in the cellular energy production process, supplementation is reported to improve the symptoms of mental and physical fatigue. In its role in cellular transport of fatty acids into the mitochondria, supplements may enhance energy production and athletic performance. Acetyl-Carnitine also claim that it can assist in burning excess fat stores, and promote a leaner, more powerful physique.

While research has shown that Acetyl-Carnitine or Acetyl-L-Carnitine has been shown to reverse symptoms associated with mental decline in the elderly, and may also help in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, there have been no proven benefit in sports performance or body building. If you decide to use it, fortunately there do not seem to be significant side effects.

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