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By James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.
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Description: L-carnitine is an amino acid-like substance that is responsible for transporting fatty acids into the mitochondria (energy factories) of cells to produce energy. L-carnitine is manufactured from the amino acids in the body. The richest food source is red meat. It has also been shown to have several benefits for cardiovascular system problems, such as congestive heart failure and high triglycerides.


  • Angina
  • Anorexia
  • Arrhythmias
  • Athletic performance
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Diabetes
  • Down's syndrome
  • Heart attack recovery
  • High cholesterol
  • HIV
  • Intermittent claudication
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Male infertility
  • Premature infants

Precautions: There is no toxicity with L-carnitine, but it should not be taken along with the drug pentylenetetrazol.

Dosage: Take 1,000 to 3,000 mg daily.

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