All About Amino Acids

Carnitine
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Why carnitine is good for you

Carnitine is really not an amino acid, but because it is structurally similar to amino acids, it is normally classed with amino acids, and is also known as vitamin T. Carnitine is used in energy supply within cells and muscles and assists in preventing fatty build-up in areas such as the heart, liver, and skeletal muscles.

 

Important carnitine facts

 

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Groups at risk of carnitine deficiency

Primarily, carnitine deficiency occurs because of a genetic defect preventing carnitine transport and synthesis. Some groups that may be at risk of deficiency are:

 

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Symptoms of carnitine deficiency

A deficiency of carnitine may present with the following symptoms:

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Carnitine and health

Talk to a medical professional about carnitine supplements BEFORE taking it.

 

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Carnitine in food

Carnitine can be found primarily in:

Less carnitine is available in tempeh (fermented soybeans), wheat, and avocados. Vegetables and grains contain very little carnitine.

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Carnitine recommended daily intake (RDI)

RDA No information available
 
TOLERABLE UPPER LIMIT 400mg-3000mg
 
TOXIC LEVELS > 3g per day

 

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Carnitine works best with

 

Overdosage, toxicity and cautions for carnitine

No known effects of toxicity but supplements in excess of 3g carnitine per day may cause diarrhea and/or "fish odour" syndrome.

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Last reviewed: 11 January 2007 || Last updated: 26 September 2007

 

NOTE: Mega doses of vitamins, minerals or other nutrients cannot cure illnesses and in fact can be very dangerous and produce toxic side effects and interfere with medicine you are taking. Always ensure you consult your doctor before taking any type of amino acid supplement.
Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.

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