Acetyl-l-Carnitine by Designs for Health
Acetyl-L-Carnitine is the acetylated ester of the amino acid L-carnitine, and plays an important role in the transfer and utilization of long-chain fatty acids, which are used in the production of energy. It supports biosynthesis of acetylcholine, the most abundant neurotransmitter in the body, regulating activities of vital organs and blood vessels and communication between nerves and muscles.
Acetyl-L-carnitine is the acetylated ester of the amino acid L-carnitine, and plays an important role in the transfer and utilization of long-chain fatty acids, which are used in the production of energy. It supports biosynthesis of acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter for brain and nerve function.
Acetylcholine is the most abundant neurotransmitter in the body, regulating activities of vital organs and blood vessels and communication between nerves and muscles. In the brain, acetylcholine helps facilitate memory and learning. Acetyl-L-carnitine is structurally similar to acetylcholine, and brain neurons stimulated by acetylcholine are receptive to stimulation by ALC.
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Acetyl-L-carnitine is one of the most extensively researched brain nutrients with a proven ability to enhance mental energy and wellness. Research shows acetyl-L-carnitine:
1. Energizes the brain
2. Increases levels of important neurotransmitter chemicals needed for memory, focus, and learning
3. Repairs the damage done to brain cells caused by stress and poor nutrition. Because of these three areas of benefit, acetyl-L-carnitine dramatically improves mental focus and energy. Best of all, its effects can be felt in as little as twenty minutes.
Signs of inadequate acetyl-L-carnitine intake include:
o Mental fatigue
o Short attention span
o Decreased memory and learning ability
Acetyl-L-carnitine is a natural component of our brain's chemistry. The body makes it in small amounts. As we age, acetyl-L-carnitine levels decline. For optimal brain function, therefore, supplements of acetyl-L-carnitine are highly recommended. The only food source for this nutrient is animal brain, which is not a recommended food! Supplemental acetyl-L-carnitine, on the other hand, is synthetically derived from other amino acids, and is suitable for vegetarians.
Improving Memory and Reversing Senility
Over thirty studies show that acetyl-L-carnitine slows or prevents age related decline in mental function.1 1.5 g/day of acetyl-L-carnitine given to 236 older adults for forty-five days significantly increased the effectiveness of performance on all the measures of cogni- tive functioning, memory performance, and constructional thinking.2 Twenty adults given 1.5 g of acetyl-L-carnitine experienced reversal of many of the signs of brain aging.3 Alcoholics with cognitive impairment have also benefited from acetyl-L-carnitine.4
Acetyl-L-carnitine is one of the most valuable compounds for relieving depression naturally.5,6 It does so through increasing the energy of brain cells. Energy allows brain cells to communicate better, and a social brain is a happier brain. Acetyl-L-carnitine also increases levels of compounds such as acetylcholine, which is essential for healthy mood levels.
Speeding Stroke Recovery
One hundred sixty patients who had suffered from a stroke a year or more ago were given 1.5 g of acetyl-L-carnitine a day for eight weeks. This led to increased speed of recovery, as well as improved mood and attention span.7
Thirty Alzheimer's patients given acetyl-L-carnitine for 6 months saw dramatically less mental deterioration.8 One year treatment with acetyl-L-carnitine in 130 patients with Alzheimer's also led to a slower rate of mental decline in 13 of the 14 out- come measures.9 A total of over 600 patients with Alzheimer's have been studied in over twenty years of research,10 confirming that acetyl-L-carnitine benefits Alzheimer's patients.11-13 Acetyl-L-carnitine may also be of benefit in the management of Parkinson's disease.