L-carnitine is particularly important for the body's fat metabolism. The body needs certain substances to generate energy, including 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 strength athletes, because they want to gain fat-free muscles and need a significantly 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 engines that convert the fatty acids introduced by L-carnitine into usable energy.
Meat is the main supplier. It is found especially in red meat. Poultry contains hardly any L-carnitine and even with a vegetarian diet, care should be taken to ensure an adequate supply of L-carnitine. It is therefore particularly important for women who do not eat red meat as a part of their diet that they are provided with sufficient L-carnitine.
- Fat metabolism
- Energy production