The metabolism molecule is a fitting term for Acetyl-L-Carnitine, also known as ALCAR. ALCAR’s claim to fame is its ability to ramp up the body’s fat burning capacity. By increasing fat metabolism, ALCAR not only helps in the realm of weight loss, but it is additionally known for its anti aging effects- particularly in the brain. Read on to learn what exactly Acetyl L-Carnitine is and how it can benefit you!
What is ALCAR?
Acetyl L-Carnitine, converts to carnitine in the body. Carnitine is an amino acid found in every cell and its main function is to help the body burn fat. All the macronutrients- carbohydrates, fats and proteins can be burned for energy. Each of these energy sources needs specific processes to occur in order to be turned into usable energy.
Fat needs to be shuttled into the mitochondria, where they’re converted into fuel for the body to use. The catch is, fat cannot enter the mitochondria on its own- it needs a transporter molecule. Carnitine is this molecule. Carnitine transports both dietary and stored fat into the mitochondria- where it is made into energy. The energy generated through carnitine’s interaction with fat has positive effects that are seen throughout the body.
What are the benefits?
The benefits associated with ALCAR are due to its role in fat metabolism- and its overall positive effects on the mitochondria.
Mitochondria are organelles that produce ATP, the type of energy usable by the body. When the mitochondria are under functioning or fat isn’t being efficiently transported, fatigue can set in and symptoms of aging can begin to show up.
Thanks to its role in mitochondrial health and fat burning- Science has looked at Acetyl L-Carnitine as a clinical agent for weight loss, athletic performance and cognitive function.
Carnitine is effective for promoting weight loss in two significant ways. First, it simply works by transporting fat to where it can be converted into energy- in the mitochondria. This prevents mobilized fatty acids from storing in the body.
Second, there’s substantial evidence of carnitine supporting the body’s tolerance to exercise. Carnitine, in significant amounts has been shown to clear lactate. Lactate is the substance responsible for the burning sensation in the muscles that signals fatigue. In addition to this, it’s been speculated that the body prefers fat over glucose for fuel. When carnitine is in the picture, the body tends to use fat and spares muscle glycogen. This paired with reduced levels of lactate allows individuals to exercise longer and have increased power output.
Having adequate amounts of carnitine could therefore lead to more effective workouts, and contribute to a healthy body composition.
Acetyl L-Carnitine is readily used by the brain because it can cross the blood brain barrier. It’s the only form of carnitine that has this advantage. It has been used in the biohacking sphere to increase cognitive performance and as a therapeutic agent for neurodegenerative diseases.
Without sufficient energy, neuronal cell death can occur. Since carnitine helps supply cells with energy it promotes healthy neurons. When the brain has access to this abundance of energy, focus and concentration become easier and what is known as brain fog lifts.
The acetyl group, which carnitine is bound to, is a precursor to acetylcholine. This is a potent neurotransmitter that is important in learning and memory. It also up regulates a protein, nerve growth factor, that is involved in the formation of new neurons.
On top of improving memory, learning and brain cell health- studies are showing that those with neurodegenerative disorders such as dementia don’t produce adequate amounts of carnitine. Research is in the early stages, but it shows promise for the clinical use of Acetyl L-Carnitine in these diseases.
Why supplementation might be right for you
The body does produce a small amount carnitine. In order for this to occur, the amino acids lysine and methionine and vitamins b1, b3 and C need to be present. These nutrients play many roles throughout the body and even if there are sufficient amounts- the body produces only enough carnitine to survive, not thrive. It’s documented that the concentration of carnitine in the cells declines with age and unfortunately, dietary sources of carnitine are limited. Food wise, carnitine is only found in high amounts in red meat. It is because of these factors that many people are turning to supplements for ALCAR’s potential benefits.
Absorption of Acetyl L-Carnitine is a complex process. To ensure maximum absorbency, Lypo-Spheric® Acetyl L-Carnitine uses liposomal technology to protect the molecules as they pass through the digestive system. The protective double layered spheres of liposomes allow Acetyl L-Carnitine to enter the bloodstream and bind directly to cells, where it is released and ready for immediate use!
Whether you’re wanting to shed a couple extra pounds, improve athletic performance or give your brain a boost- Lypo-Spheric® Acetyl L-Carnitine is a powerful tool for your health!