L-carnitine is particularly important for the fat metabolism of the body. In order to produce energy the body needs certain substances, one of which is L-carnitine, which is formed from the two essential amino acids methionine and lysine. Without L-carnitine fats cannot be broken down. This is especially true for body builders, as they obviously want to increase their lean muscle and require a much higher fat metabolism. The most important effect of L-carnitine is related to the energy production in the body cells. In the cells, L-carnitine promotes the transport of fatty acids into the mitochondria. Mitochondria are like mechanisms that convert the fatty acids introduced by L-carnitine into usable energy.
Meat is the main supplier of this, particularly red meat. Poultry contains hardly any L-carnitine and anyone on a vegetarian diet should make sure they take an adequate supply of L-carnitine too. It is especially important for women, who refrain from eating red meat in their diet, to take sufficient L-carnitine.
- Fat metabolism
- Energy production