L-Carninite L-Tartrate Enhances Performance and Fat Burning
by: Robbie Durand
L-Carnitine is present in foods, especially red meat and some dairy foods. Animal products are rich sources of Carnitine while plant foods contain considerably lower levels. Carnitine in the form of L-carnitine tartrate is a biochemical that is synthesized in the liver and kidneys from the amino acids lysine and methionine. Carnitine is needed for the transport of fatty acids into the mitochondria where the fatty acids can be utilized for energy.
L-Carnitine-L-Tartrate (LCLT) is a form of carnitine that is used for muscle recovery and assisted the functioning of muscle androgen receptors. Supporting testosterone is not going to provide the gains in lean muscle mass if there are no androgen receptors to bind with. One study found when men were given 2g of LCLT (divided into two portions per day) for three weeks; they experienced an increase in androgen receptors. LCLT has also been found to lower the production of free radicals and decrease muscle damage and soreness after exercise.
LCLT has recently been found to support fat loss and recovery from exercise. In the latest study from the Shahid Chamran University in Iran shows that supplementation of L-Carnitine L-Tartrate (LCLT) improved performance by increasing fat metabolism. Researchers had 20 healthy elite male wrestlers participate in this single-blind clinical trial. The participants were randomly divided into two groups including test and placebo. The test group received 3 grams of LCLT carnitine in 200 ml water and six drops of lemon juice. The placebo group consumed only 200 ml water and six drops of lemon juice, 90 minutes before the intense exercise protocol. Blood samples were collected 90 minutes before the activity, immediately after the exercise, and 30 minutes after rest and their serum fat levels were measured. At the end of the study, the group receiving LCLT resulted in a significant increase in fatty acid metabolism, VO2 max, and distance run. The control group was not affected by placebo drink. The results of the present study showed that supplementation of LCLT improved exercise performance by increasing fat metabolism.
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