This substance is naturally produced in the body, but there are some deficiencies associated with this substance that need to be monitored and under the control when it is used. L-carnitine can create some side effects, but they are extremely rare if the dosages are small and in the quantities prescribed by the doctor.
In the following text we will focus on the risk and possible side effects that can come out from the use of this substance. This substance is quaternary ammonium compound and it is created from the lysine, methionine, and amino acids. The biosynthesis of carnitine can be done under the influence of vitamin C. Two stereoisometric form of carnitine exist and they are D-carnitine and L-Carnitine.
L-carnitine is responsible for moving the fatty acids from the cytosol to the mitochondria located in the body cells. When fatty acids reach the destination, energy is produced due to the burning of the fat, which makes L-carnitine very effective in reduction of weight, since it uses fat in order to create energy. This substance can be located in the fermented soybean products, vegetables, fruits, red meat, dairy products and avocados, and if you do not eat enough of these items, you might have low levels of L-carnitine, which can lead to many problems and complications. It can lead to muscle cramps, low blood sugar levels and muscle fatigue. Remember that pregnant women and growing children need adequate quantities of L-carnitine.
There are many usages for L-carnitine. It is used for treating problems such as depression, memory loss due to growing age and several mental disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease, for example. Also, it can be used for problems associated with alcohol addiction. The problems including genetic disorders, like Down’s syndrome, cataracts, nerve pain produced by the diabetes or drugs and poor circulation of the brain nerve can be treated with the acetyl L-carnitine, which is an acetylated form of L-carnitine. There are many benefits associated with L-carnitine, but there are some side effects and we will talk about them in the following text.
Side Effects of L-carnitine
The side effects usually reported are associated with excessive use of L-carnitine, which is 5g a day. The problems include troubles with falling asleep due to the energy boost by the L-carnitine, diarrhea, skin rash, itching, irritation, kidney problems, hypertension, diabetes, dizziness, nausea, and agitation. If you are taking cancer medications, such as doxorubicin, we advise you not to take L-carnitine. The use of L-carnitine in recommended dosages is very safe, but it is best to know exactly what you are taking and what effects it may cause. Remember to follow the instruction to last detail.