What is L-carnitine?
L-carnitine is a non-essential amino acid.
Why does it matter to me?
L-carnitine plays an important role in our body’s ability to convert micronutrients into energy. However enough is formed in healthy people to prevent us from having deficiencies. (11 to 34 mg per day).
Stanley Hazen, M.D., Ph.D., Vice Chair of Translational Research for the Lerner Research Institute says "Carnitine is not an essential nutrient; our body naturally produces all we need."
L-carnitine from food
Meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products are the richest sources of L-carnitine. Between 63% and 75% of L-carnitine from food is absorbed.
What if I have too much?
Recent research has indicated that over consumption of the L-carnitine found particularly in red meats and energy drinks can alter our gut flora and promote cardiovascular disease, another reason for moderation in red meat consumption, for more detail see links below.