Cartinine, or L-Cartinine, is a substance that is synthesized by two amino acids- lysine and methionine. In our body, Cartinine aids the conversion process of fat into energy. Although our body synthesizes all the necessary Cartinine on its own, some people are unable to do so because of defects such as heart problems like angina.
In this article, we are going to look in depth on how this little compound does powerful things for our entire body:-
1. Treats heart diseases
Research shows that when taken with conventional medicine, it can do wonders in stabilizing angina. It increases the ability of angina patients to exercise without any discomfort. Along with that, it helps treat those with abnormal heart rhythms and other diseases such as Ventricular arrhythmia and myocardial infractions.
2. Treats male infertility
According to some studies, Cartinine can help improve the motility of sperm (since sperm immobility- asthenozoospermi- is one of the major causes for male infertility), Unlike what many might think, more than half of infertility cases can be attributed to male reproduction problems.
You see, for sperm to fertilize an egg, it needs to travel a great distance, which means that it needs a lot of energy. Cartinine can help men with poor sperm quality because its main job is to transport high energy fat molecules into mitochondria- the powerhouse of our cell. There these compounds are burned for energy, which gives the sperm a boost, helping it on its journey to fertilize an egg.
3. Protects our brain
Found in our nervous system, Tau proteins are very important in the structure of our nerve cells. But when over excited, they can produce tangles in our brain which then causes Alzheimer’s disease. L-Carnitine can prevent this formation of brain tangles and memory loss.
Research also shows that L-Cartinine slows down and even reverses brain deterioration. The onset or progression of any form of age related dementia or Parkinson’s disease can be delayed with L-Cartinine. It strengthens our cognitive functioning. With Alzheimer’s, acetyl L- carnitine works by crossing the blood brain barrier into the brain where it promotes the synthesis of acetylcholine, which is what keeps mitochondria working perfectly by cleaning the fatty acid metabolites, and repairing the free radical induced damaged neurons.
4. Prevents kidney diseases
Carnitine deficiency can propel the onset of kidney disease, and those with kidney problems can also become Carnitine deficient. When your kidney stops working, it increases the oxidative stress on heart, which can then cause cardiac complications. Research shows that when patients on dialysis were given L-carnitine, it lowered fatigue and increased their red blood cell count.
5. Boosts immune health
For our immune system to work efficiently, it requires a huge amount of cellular energy. During times of infection and diseases, the carnitine level of our body subsides. Taking carnitine rich foods or supplements will restore the required energy and strengthen the health of our immune system. Acetyl- L- Carnitine, a form of Carnitine protects our entire cells from age related degeneration. It also reduces the build-up and synthesis of lipofuscin– a cell clogging pigment. In addition to that, it promotes nerve regeneration.
6. Improves Athletic performance
Carnitine increases the burning of fat because it transports fat cells into the mitochondria to be broken down for energy. Increased Cartinine levels in the body, will increase your physical performance and your energy levels. Instead of glycogen, your body will burn fat leading to weight loss, and preventing muscle wastage. Also, higher amount of Carnitine in muscles decreases muscle damage and pain, which means you will be able to work out harder and longer without placing your body under stress. It lowers muscle lactate buildup which can otherwise limit performance.
Getting Carnitine through Diet
There are several natural food sources available for Carnitine. These include beef (56-162 mg), ground beef (87-89 mg), 1 cup milk (8 mg) and chicken breast (3-5 mg). Vegetarians and vegans who avoid animal products get much less dietary carnitine.
If you are planning to take L-carnitine in the supplement form, please consult with your doctor first. A professional opinion will help you decide whether supplementation is the safest and most effective mode of action for your case.
In the comments below, please tell me: Have you heard of Carnitine before? If yes, how do you include it in your diet?