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L-carnitine

This substance is naturally produced in the body, but there are some deficiencies associated withthis substance that need to be monitored and under the control whenit is used. L-carnitine can create some side effects, but they areextremely rare if the dosages are small and in the quantities prescribed by thedoctor.

In the following text we will focus on the risk and possible side effectsthat can come out from the use of this substance. This substance is quaternaryammonium compound and it is created from the lysine, methionine, andamino acids. The biosynthesis of carnitine can be done under the influence ofvitamin C. Two stereoisometric form of carnitine exist and they are D-carnitineand L-Carnitine.

L-carnitine is responsible for moving the fatty acids from the cytosol to themitochondria located in the body cells. When fatty acidsreach the destination, energy is produced due to the burning of the fat, which makesL-carnitine very effective in reduction of weight, since it uses fat in order tocreate 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 ofthese items, you might have low levels of L-carnitine, which can lead to manyproblems and complications. It can lead to muscle cramps, low blood sugarlevels and muscle fatigue. Remember that pregnant women and growing childrenneed adequate quantities of L-carnitine.

There are many usages for L-carnitine. It is used for treating problems such asdepression, memory loss due to growing age and several mental disorders, suchas Alzheimer's disease, for example. Also, it can be used for problems associated with alcoholaddiction. The problems including genetic disorders, like Down’s syndrome,cataracts, nerve pain produced by the diabetes or drugs and poor circulation ofthe brain nerve can be treated with the acetyl L-carnitine, which is an acetylated form of L-carnitine. There are many benefits associated withL-carnitine, but there are some side effects and we will talk about them in thefollowing text.

Side Effects of L-carnitine

The side effects usually reported are associated with excessive use ofL-carnitine, which is 5g a day. The problems include troubles with fallingasleep 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, weadvise you not to take L-carnitine. The use of L-carnitine in recommended dosages is very safe, but it is best toknow exactly what you are taking and what effects it may cause. Remember to followthe instruction to last detail.

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