Acetyl-L-Carnitine is made from L-Carnitine. L-Carnitine is an amino acid that is naturally produced within the body, helping to produce energy. Although it is an amino acid, L-Carnitine is not used to make proteins. L-Carnitine is found naturally within animal products, with the highest levels found within red meat, but also within fish, milk, avocados and asparagus.
Acetyl-L-Carnitine is used for a variety of mental disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss, depression and other thinking issues. It is also used frequently for tiredness because of age with some men using Acetyl-L-Carnitine for infertility.
What is the difference between L-Carnitine and Acetyl-L-Carnitine?
L-Carnitine and acetyl l-carnitine are different forms of the same compound. Acetyl l-carnitine is more effective for improving cognitive and neurological function as the acetyl group allows the compound to cross the blood brain barrier and with greater efficiency. L-Carnitine is more effective at improving physical performance as there is a greater amount available to the muscle cells as there is a lower amount supporting the brain.
The benefits of Acetyl-L-Carnitine
Boosts Brain Power
L-Carnitine has consistently shown to positively impact cognitive function, especially in older adults. Numerous robust scientific reports have suggested that providing a supplementation can improve mood, alertness and combat mental fatigue.
Acetyl-L-Carnitine shuttles fuels in the form of fatty acids to the muscle mitochondria, which boosts energy production and increases endurance. It also pushes metabolism toward fat burning while working out.
If you consume the supplement while insulin levels are low, for example when on the keto diet, L-carnitine becomes very important for burning fat. As well as burning more fat and increasing strength, L-Carnitine boosts testosterone levels, speeds recovery and allows for better insulin sensitivity.