Q1. What is L-carnitine?
L-Carnitine is a type of compound consisting of both methionine and lysine. Researchers first discovered L-carnitine or levocarnitine in meat, thus the name that contains the Latin word for flesh, which is 'carnus'. In the human body, carnitine plays a major role in the oxidation of fats on a cellular level. How does it work? L-carnitine acts as the fatty acid transporter of the cell to the mitochondria, where such fatty acids undergo a process that would convert them to energy that the body can use. Thus, L-carnitine helps prevent weight problems as well as keeps our heart and liver free from visceral fat.
Q2. Why do I need L-carnitine supplements?
The human body, specifically the liver and kidneys, naturally produce L-carnitine. However, those who have problems with those organs may find that their bodies can no longer produce an adequate amount of the compound. If you are among those have low carnitine levels in the body, then you need to take L-carnitine supplements.
Q3. What will happen if I do not have enough L-carnitine in my body?
As the answer to the first question has stated, L-carnitine plays an important role in the oxidation or burning of fats in the body. If you do not have an adequate supply of the compound then, your body will accumulate fatty acids and you would eventually become overweight or obese. Visceral fats may also accumulate around your heart and liver, or buildup as plaques in your arteries and lead to many medical complications. Also, since your body cannot burn enough fats, you will easily tire out even when you have not engaged in a particularly strenuous activity.