Carnitine is a vitamin-like nutrient related to the Vitamin-B family. It is a physiological substance essential for energy production. This energy production process takes place in the mitochondria of the cell.
Although Carnitine was first isolated in 1905, researchers only recently discovered Carnitine’s extensive metabolic attributes, nutritional importance and its role in fat-burning.
I.B. Fritz and K.T.N. Yue (1)., physiologists from the University of Michigan, discovered that Carnitine actually accelerates fat-burning. It does so by helping fat penetrate the walls of the mitochondria of the muscle cells.
In more technical terms, the primary function of Carnitine is to facilitate the transport of fatty acids from the cell’s cytoplasm across the mitochondria membrane to the interior of the mitochondria where oxidation occurs. (Fat-burning process.)
Another way to look at Carnitine is to think of it as the “doorman” to the Muscle Hotel.
Once fat has traveled through your bloodstream to the muscle tissue, the Super L-Carnitine Formula helps open the door — making it much easier for fat to enter the cellular areas of the muscle where oxidation (fat burning) will actually take place.
This process increases the rate of fat utilization for fuel. This is especially advantageous when your body is in fat-metabolism.
Without Carnitine as a carrier or “shuttle” it is much more difficult for fatty acids to penetrate the membrane of the mitochondria. This will result in a decreased rate of fat utilization and energy.
Carnitine also helps to remove by-products of fatty acid metabolism and other toxic compounds from within the cells.
In a pilot study involving college students, subjects receiving 300 mg doses of Super L-Carnitine experienced dramatic increases in aerobic capacity as determined by the MaxVO2 (maximal volume of oxygen consumed). This explains why Super L-Carnitine is used for both athletic performance (especially endurance athletes including cyclists and runners and ironman competitors) and weight-management — efficient transport and energy expenditure.
Meat is by far the richest source of carnitine, with sheep at the top of the list. However, meats high in Carnitine are often high in fat. That’s why supplemental Carnitine is often a better solution.
The Super L-Carnitine is a PRE and POST-workout formulation. What does this mean?
Typically, a fitness enthusiast will take 1 Tablespoon (per 100 lbs or 45kg) with plenty of water 30 minutes before (pre) a cardiovascular workout (of at least 40 minutes continuous duration) and then another equal dose directly after (post) workout.
Even after you’ve completed the workout, your body continues to burn fat for up to 2 to 4 hours!
Suggested use: Take one (1) tablespoon for every 45 kg (100 lbs.) of body weight. Total dosage to be split before and after each exercise session.
Super L- Carnitine is often used in combination with the Lipotropic Plus Formula to aid in the breakdown (emulsification) transport and final oxidation of fat as it is used for energy during fat metabolism.