L-Carnitine is a non-essential amino acid that is found in red meat. It helps to maintain overall good health by facilitating the transfer of fatty acid groups into the mitochondrial membrane for cellular energy production. In simple terms it helps your body release more fat to be used instead of glycogen for energy. This is helpful for anyone looking to shed fat. And if you’re reading this, odds are that’s you!
Adding L-Carnitine to your diet will do wonders for you! In addition to promoting fat loss, it also fights off osteoporosis; treats angina; helps type II diabetics increase their glucose oxidation, glucose storage, and glucose uptake; boosts your immune system; helps protect your brain from age related stress; and it even has been found to boost your sperm count! Read more about 11 additional benefits of L-Carnitine here.
One benefit of L-Carnitine is that it isn’t a stimulant fat burner. So you won’t feel jittery by taking it. But be careful with how much of ANY supplement you take. As we’ve said before, any supplement that’s strong enough to help you is strong enough to hurt you. L-Carnitine travels into your gut, where intestinal bacteria converts it into a substance called TMA. The liver converts TMA into a compound that has been linked to plaque build-up in the arteries and heart disease. So it is possible to take TOO much of this supplement. To take it safely, when I’m cutting I take 1 500 mg tablet 3x’s a day. When I’m through cutting, I stop taking it.
You can find L-Carnitine in many different forms: liquid, powder, capsules, and pills. Liquids are delivered through the use of sugars, so if you’re looking to cut it may not be the most beneficial way to take it. And powders get messy. I take NOW Foods 1000 mg pills. Click here to get a killer deal on it! NOW Foods L-Carnitine is the purest form I’ve found, in addition to being clinically tested and vegetarian (non-animal sourced).
Try it out. When you finally overcome that plateau and your abs start showing through, let us know what you think!
– The Squad