Monday, March 08, 2010

Lose Weight with L-Carnitine and the No-Grain Diet

L-carnitine is an amino acid synthesized from the essential amino acids lysine and methionine. Studies show that l-carnitine, which was discovered in 1905, is important in burning fat and providing energy to the body as it transports fatty acids to the mitochondria, your cells’ powerhouses, where they serve as fuel for energy.

L-carnitine is found in asparagus, avocado, beef, breast milk, chicken, dairy products, fish, lamb and tempeh (a fermented soy product).

Due to its fat burning effect, l-carnitine is a popular ingredient in many diet pills and weight loss supplements. Because your heart derives about 70 percent of its energy from fat, l-carnitine may help protect against some cardiovascular diseases like angina, cardiomyopathy and high blood pressure.

L-carnitine may also help:
  • Improve insulin sensitivity for people with type 2 diabetes
  • Promote muscle growth and bone health
  • Protect against kidney and liver disease
  • Improve the antioxidant effect of vitamin C and vitamin E
  • Improve the overall feeling of wellness
  • Alleviate chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Support erectile function and improve sperm count

Pregnant women may also benefit from an l-carnitine supplement because carnitine levels are depleted due to the high carnitine requirements of the fetus.

Because it facilitates fat burning and boosts energy levels, l-carnitine can help reduce food cravings and help you exercise longer to increase your chances of losing weight, Dr. Joseph Mercola explains. Dr. Mercola’s no-grain diet enhances l-carnitine’s effectiveness because it helps normalize your insulin levels. Eating a lot of grains hinders the effects of l-carnitine because high insulin levels disrupt carnitine enzymes.

L-carnitine tartrate is a highly active and stable form of carnitine. Exercise, follow the no-grain diet and take as much as 1,000 mg of l-carnitine tartrate daily for faster weight loss results. Take it early in the morning to help jumpstart your day.

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