Aug 29th 2018
Carnitine is present in almost every cell in the body. It helps transport fatty acids to the mitochondria powerhouses where they are oxidized to create cellular energy. Then, it helps remove the toxic waste buildup from the mitochondria. It is truly a miracle because it benefits your health in so many ways. Your heart and muscles need it to function properly.
The liver and kidney usually produce carnitine in the human body, so in young people supplements are not necessary. But, with aging, and certain metabolic diseases, like diabetes, cancer and heart disease, more Carnitine may be helpful.
Foods that provide Carnitine are mainly animal products, dairy, poultry, and meat. Red meat has one of the highest concentrations. Ironically heart patients often skip red meat in an attempt to reduce cholesterol, when in fact a low fat cut of red meat can give a good amount of Carnitine.
|Table 1: Selected food sources of carnitine |
|Beef steak, cooked, 4 ounces||56–162|
|Ground beef, cooked, 4 ounces||87–99|
|Milk, whole, 1 cup||8|
|Codfish, cooked, 4 ounces||4–7|
|Chicken breast, cooked, 4 ounces||3–5|
Adults whose diets are rich in red meat consume on average around 60 to 180mg of Carnitine per day. A vegan diet normally provides between 10 and 12mg per day. Do you ever wonder why you feel so strong after a good steak or hamburger? It may be the energy you are getting from the Carnitine. Scientists have found that Carnitine can help relieve some cases of long term fatigue linked to reduced mitochondrial function.
For some time, scientists have shown that Carnitine supports healthy heart function. Studies have linked Carnitine supplementation to improvement in many heart conditions like heart failure, heart attack recovery, angina, and arrhythmias.
A review of 13 controlled clinical trials compared results from using Carnitine versus a placebo or control and found that L-carnitine is associated with a 27% reduction in all-cause mortality, a 65% reduction in ventricular arrhythimias, and a 40% reduction in angina in patients.
Carnitine may help normalize blood vessel dysfunction that happens with congenital heart defects, according to Dr. Stephen M. Black, cell and molecular physiologist at the Vascular Biology Center at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University.
Intermittent claudication can lead to pain in the legs when walking or running because damage or narrowing of arteries leads to poor blood supply. The pain usually occurs in the feet, calves, thighs, hips or buttocks, depending on where the artery damage or narrowing occurs.
A study in China found that Carnitine helped those with peripheral arterial disease to walk farther for a longer period of time with more comfort.
Researchers who gave L-carnitine to older patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) found that exercise tolerance and respiratory muscle strength improved.
Whether you have respiratory issues or heart concerns, getting enough Carnitine from your diet and supplements can help energize your cells and improve your health.
Note: MDR developed the patented CardioTone formula to supply Carnitine with other nutrients that support heart health. Some people report benefits with taking just a half a tablet. The normal dosage is one tablet a day, or as directed by your physician. If you feel too energized and cannot sleep at night, just take CardioTone in the morning or cut the dosage in half. You should feel a noted improvement in your overall stamina and health.