Carnitine Blend uniquely combines L-carnitine and its acetylated form into a convenient capsule, in a 4:1 ratio.
L-carnitine is an amino acid derivative, and is a naturally occurring compound in all foods. But, significant amounts are only found in dark meats (due to high concentrations of mitochondria). Carnitine Blend also contains acetyl-L-carnitine, which has unique brain-supportive properties.
Carnitine Blend provides support for:
people on vegetarian diets, or when dark meats are consumed in small amounts
exercise performance, through encouraging the body to burn fat during exercise
energy levels, by assisting in the transport of fats as a fuel source
healthy weight management, by assisting the body's ability to burn fat
Warning: Not to be used with peripheral vascular disease, high blood pressure, liver disease due to alcoholism (cirrhosis), diabetes, kidney disease, or a history of seizures.
Consult your practitioner before supplementing if you are taking AZT, doxorubicin, isotretinoin (Accutane), valproic acid (Depakote), or blood thinning medications.
A note on thyroid hormones: Carnitine has traditionally been used by individuals with hyperthyroidism to help with symptoms resulting from hyperthyroid-induced carnitine depletion (such as muscle wasting), so scientists initially believed that carnitine acted like an “antagonist” or a thyroid hormone receptor blocker, and cautioned against using carnitine in hypothyroidism. However, subsequent research has shown that carnitine acts to modulate thyroid hormones within our cells, so it can act like an “agonist” (a substance that initiates a response when combined with a receptor) helping thyroid hormone action in cases of hypothyroidism, and as an “antagonist” (blocker) in cases of hyperthyroidism. Studies have shown benefits in both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. As a best practice with all interventions used for Hashimoto’s, I recommend tracking symptoms, testing thyroid hormone levels and testing thyroid antibodies after starting new therapies.