Acetyl L-Carnitine-- a powerful amino acid produced naturally by the kidneys and liver-- is used to help the body produce energy, making it a popular Nootropic supplement among athletes and professionals who require high levels of energy. This amino acid can be found in a variety of food sources: red meats are the best source of L-Carnitine, though it can also be found in other protein-rich foods like chicken, fish and dairy products . How does it work? Upon absorption, Acetyl L-Carnitine is metabolized into Carnitine . Carnitine is required for the transport of fatty acids into the mitochondrial matrix during the breakdown of fats to generate metabolic energy . In other words, our body needs Carnitine to convert the fatty acids that we consume into energy that we use. No Carnitine = no energy, so this is clearly an important amino acid to supplement.
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How to Take
In the Morning With a Meal on a Long-Term Basis
300 – 500 mg per serving
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