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Acetyl L-Carnitine

Acetyl L-Carnitine

Welcome back to another article about the supplements you can find in our pre-workout, we’ve already covered the benefits of Beta Alanine, Creatine, Citrulline, Caffeine, Taurine and in today’s article we’re showcasing Acetyl L-Carnitine (ALCAR).

What is Acetyl L-Carnitine?

Acetyl L-Carnitine is a naturally occurring amino acid that is involved in energy metabolism. It plays a critical role in the transport of fatty acids into the mitochondria, where they can be oxidized to produce energy. ALCAR is also involved in the synthesis of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that is essential for cognitive function.

Traditionally most gym supplements use L-Carnitine which serves a similar role as ALCAR however, ALCAR has an added benefit in that it is better absorbed in the gut and crosses the blood-brain barrier. There’s also a lot more research recently undertaken that showcases this supplements possible application in a range of mental illnesses.

Acetyl L-Carnitine has been shown to improve cognitive function and memory in both young and elderly individuals. A study conducted on elderly individuals found that ALCAR supplementation improved memory, attention, and mood. ALCAR has also been shown to increase brain energy metabolism and promote the growth of new brain cells helping people suffering with Dementia and other cognitive disorders.

Acetyl L-Carnitine

Acetyl L-Carnitine and weightloss

In most studies weight loss has been the secondary outcome when it comes to Acetyl L-Carnitine use and researches have been proposing that it be included in weight-loss drugs, supplements and in conjunction with low-calorie diets.

While the supplement doesn’t have an established upper tolerable intake level, research has indicated that 3gs a day or more may cause: nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea and a fishy body odor and even trigger seizures in people who have seizure disorders. So while the supplement can be great it is best not to exceed that 3g a day intake.

Acetyl L-Carnitine is a great addition to sports supplements due to its ability to improve exercise performance by increasing the utilisation of fat as a source of fuel during exercise, thereby sparing glycogen stores. This results in improved endurance and delayed onset of fatigue.

ALCAR works synergistically with other pre-workout ingredients such as caffeine and beta-alanine to enhance performance. Caffeine increases alertness and reduces perceived exertion during exercise, while beta-alanine increases muscle endurance by reducing muscle acidosis.

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