Last week your trainer hyped it as a workout recovery supplement. Then yesterday your co-worker raved about its fat-torching prowess. Rumor has it L-carnitine is a fat-burning, brain-boosting, performance-enhancing machine of a supplement. But is it all it’s cracked up to be - Greatist


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Carnitine – Fat Burner or Supplement Myth? The Misunderstood Fat Transporter

L-Carnitine is an ingredient that has been on the market for decades, most commonly sold as a liquid where users take “carnitine shots” in hopes of burning more fat. It’s mostly sold as L-Carnitine, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, and L-Carnitine-L-Tartrate. In the end, all versions get metabolized down to the base form of carnitine. Carnitine products leave a lot to be desired, and their simple formulations show how manufacturers have not taken the time to actually learn if and how carnitine supplementation can be beneficial.

Let’s first start with how carnitine works in the body naturally – not via supplementation. Carnitine exists in all of us, and is a transporter of long-chain fatty acids…

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