We’ve heard a lot about products containing L-carnitine, which some people say could help in weight loss. Weight gain is one of the problems encountered by many women, especially those who are facing menopausal period due to hormonal changes. Our question now is, can carnitine really help in women’s complain about weight gain? If yes, then how?
What is L carnitine?
L-carnitine is a type of amino acid that is naturally produced by the body. It is a building block of proteins created in the liver and kidneys, and stored in skeletal muscles, brain, heart, and sperm. It’s one of the body’s components that help the body turn fats into energy.
Normally, the body can produce enough carnitine that it needs. However, for some with special conditions their bodies do not produce adequate amount of carnitine, or cannot transport carnitine to allotted body parts so it can be used. That is when some people develop complications that require them to take L-carnitine supplements.
L-carnitine for Menopause
The main carnitine benefit for menopausal women is it could help in weight loss. However, there is still not enough evidence of its effect in reducing weight. According to a study, carnitine can boost our body's fat-burning ability, increas muscle mass and decrease fatigue, which can be connected in reduction of weight.
How L-carnitine Works?
L-carnitine turns fats into energy, and could as well reduce fat mass and increase muscle mass. This amino acid can also act as an antioxidant, which eliminates toxins in the body. And reduction of these toxins could consequence to alleviation of some menopausal symptoms.
Other uses of Carnitine
Carnitine are also used as a treatment of some complications like congestive heart failure (CHF), heart attack, chest pain, diphtheria, leg pain and high cholesterol. Some people also use it for infertility in men, anorexia, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, overactive thyroid, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Lyme disease, leg ulcers and to improve endurance.
Risks in Taking Carnitine
L-carnitine side effects are also possible. The side effects may be observe as nausea, vomiting, heartburn, diarrhea, stomach upset and seizures. Sometimes, which is very unlikely, carnitine can also cause the breath, urine and sweat to have a “fishy” odor.
L-carnitine is not advised for pregnant women, but is possibly safe in breast feeding mothers. It is not recommended for individuals undergoing dialysis, as it may cause muscle weakness and eye drooling. It is also not advised for people with hypothyroid (under-active thyroid), and those who have had seizures.
Dosage: 500 milligrams of Carnitine once a day
Food Sources: Richly sourced from red meat and fish. Can be also obtained in dairy products and legumes.
|Food Sources||Amount||Equivalent Carnitine Value|
|Beef (Steak or ground)||4 ounces||56 – 162 milligrams|
|Pork (low fat, cooked)||3 ounces or about 100 grams||24 milligrams|
|Fish||4 ounces||4 – 7 milligrams|
|Chicken ( breast part)||4 ounces||3 – 5 milligrams|
|Milk (whole)||1 cup||8 milligrams|
Note: There are quite few food sources for Carnitine. The food sources that have them do not have as much amount as the daily requirement. Despite this fact, you can still keep a good weight during your menopausal years with the help of proper exercise and a balanced diet.
This amino acid can also be obtained in l-Carnitine supplements. Usually, the supplements are in 500-milligram tablet or capsule forms and are recommended to be taken once a day.
Good Labels and Where to Buy:
- Nature’s Bounty L-Carnitine – not sold in stores but can be bought online
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