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Acetyl L-Carnitine

One of my favorite specialized nutritional supplements is Acetyl-l-carnitine.  It’s a powerhouse nutrient and a top anti-aging and energy enhancer.

Acetyl-l-carnitine, or ALCAR, is the amino acid l-carnitine, but it has been acetylated which helps it pass through the blood brain barrier more effectively. ALCAR is also better absorbed in general and is a more active form of carnitine. 

Benefits of ALCAR

Among the many benefits of acetyl-l-carnitine is it facilitates the transfer of fatty acids from foods and stored body fat into the mitochondria, our cells energy furnace, where they are converted to energy.  Fats cannot be utilized as an energy source unless they are transported to cellular mitochondria by carnitine. 

    Benefits of Acetyl l-carnitine

  • Anti-aging
  • Reduces fatigue. Enhances energy
  • Increases stamina. Improves athletic performance
  • Improves concentration, focus, and mental clarity. Enhances alertness
  • Transports fatty acids to mitochondria in cells to use as fuel. Optimizes fat metabolism
  • Shows promise as an adjunct treatment for diabetes  - alleviates lipid induced insulin resistance

Acetyl l-carnitine

Your body can synthesize carnitine from the amino acids lysine and methionine as well as from food, especially meats. But a couple of things happen as we age.

First, our ability to synthesize carnitine slowly declines. Secondly, our mitochondria tends to become less efficient. The result is both a physical and mental decline, less energy and vitality.   

We usually see that energy decline as an inevitable consequence of aging. But to bring it back could be as easy as supplementing with ALCAR. Of course, fatigue and general weakness could indicate something else. And it’s always advisable to seek the advice of your doctor.

But for many people, supplementing with ALCAR may be all they need. It is one of the very best specialized nutrients that can have a big impact on both physical and mental energy.

In a study of centenarians done in 2007, carnitine reduced fatigue and improved cognitive functions, increased muscle mass and even reduced total fat mass. Very impressive!

It's not just for an aging population though. Studies show it can help with studying, athletic performance and exercise in general, at the office, or anytime you might want more energy. 

Alcar also acts as an antioxidant. Mitochondrial free-radicals are produced as a by-product of normal metabolism and can cause oxidative damage. The free-radical theory of aging, which is widely accepted, states that the accumulation of this oxidative damage is the primary cause of aging. That’s why getting extra antioxidants is important to help slow down the aging process.


As most people who know me know, I am a strong advocate of nutritional and herbal supplements. In today’s world, there are simply too many factors that get in the way of optimal health to just ignore the potential benefits.

And science has opened the door to a huge number of nutritional substances such as ALCAR that have the potential to enhance your life and health.

If you suffer  from fatigue either physically or mentally, or just wish you had greater energy, mental clarity and focus, it’s definitely worth taking a look at acetyl l-carnitine.

It’s a part of my daily supplement regimen, and I’ll probably be using it for a long time to come.

If you're interested in what ALCAR might do for you, check out my energy and performance enhancing formula right here