The question was posed to the famous Medical Doctor (MD), Dr Weil on L-carnitine supplements… what should we know about this amino acid anyway? What are the health benefits?

Said  Dr Weil on L-carnitine, it is found in numerous foods, but also made by the manufacturers of supplements “in a more bioavailable form called acetyl-L-carnitine, also known as ALCAR and it can be a wonderful supplement, if you need it.”

Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, and are found especially in protein foods. People in North America tend to eat more protein than they need, so are rarely deficient. Even bodybuilders, athletes, and fitness instructors do not usually need to take amino acid supplements, insists Dr Weil on L-carnitine aminos.

That said, Dr Weil on L-carnitine supplements, as a SINGLE amino acid, is another matter entirely.

Dr Weil on L-carnitine single supplements’ health benefits

Health benefits of single amino acids, like acetyl L-carnitine (ALCAR), can be a boost to your body, especially since each of the 22 amino acids that exist can target different functions and help particular health problems. What is suggested by Dr Weil on L-carnitine is to “take one on an empty stomach in order to build up high levels in the blood and brain. … ALCAR, known for its energy benefits, is heavily promoted for use as a supplement to increase muscle strength and energy, to burn fat (for weight loss), for multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome and a host of other problems. It is true that ALCAR aids in muscle metabolism and protects heart muscle and may treat heart disease.”

Dietary supplements like ALCAR, says Dr Weil on L-carnitine, are utilized to help health issues such as to:

–          improve memory

–          possibly treat Alzheimer’s disease

–          alleviate depression

–          to treat Parkinson’s disease

–          stroke

–          Peyronie’s disease

–          protect the central nervous system

–          may benefit the heart

–          increase exercise performance

–          enhance visual memory and attention*

*for people with Down syndrome, or age-related dementia (not Alzheimer’s)

These are amazing uses for acetyl L-carnitine. Please discuss the use of ALCAR or any other amino acid supplement before using them. Even Dr Weil on L-carnitine would agree that any supplement can be abused or misused.