What are Mitochondria?
Like a furnace uses fuel to generate heat, mitochondria use nutrients to generate energy. Approximately 95% of the energy used by muscles and organs is generated locally by the mitochondria. These “energy factories” are also the key to high-functioning metabolism. L-carnitine boosts mitochondria function, especially in turning fat into energy. More L-carnitine means more fat utilization, which ultimately means a leaner physique.
L-carnitine Injections for Energy and Athletic Performance
Wish you had more energy to exercise like you need to get the body you want? L-carnitine injections can help. L-carnitine increases the body’s ability to release stored fat in the form of triglycerides which provides more energy to your body. Diets become easier to stick to because you have sufficient energy and you can get more fat burning power out of your workouts!
Not only does L-carnitine help the body burn fuel as efficiently and effectively as possible for increased energy, but it also improves athletic performance and endurance by inhibiting the build-up of lactic acid (one of the primary causes of fatigue during physical exercise).
L-carnitine may be especially beneficial if you experience aching pain in your legs when you walk or exercise, a condition known as intermittent claudication caused by narrowing or blockage in the femoral artery, the main artery taking blood to your leg. Intermittent claudication is the result of hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Studies have shown the symptoms of intermittent claudication are notably reduced with L-carnitine supplementation. Other studies have also shown L-carnitine decreases physical and mental fatigue in older adults.
Whenever you have any kind of energy metabolism in the mitochondria, the resulting free radicals that are produced can lead to inflammation. Fortunately, L-carnitine also helps expedite the removal of waste from the fat metabolism taking place in the mitochondria. So, in addition to helping create energy, L-carnitine is also a great antioxidant that helps reduce cellular waste.
Vegans, Vegetarians, and People on Calorie-Restrictive Diets
Red meat, chicken, fish, and dairy products are good sources of carnitine. Unfortunately, this means vegans and vegetarians are often carnitine deficient. People on calorie-restrictive diets may also have a hard time consuming enough carnitine to experience all the benefits of this amazing amino acid. If you don’t eat meat or dairy, or if you are on a limited diet, L-carnitine injections can give you all the healthy carnitine your body needs to boost energy and burn fat.
Symptoms of carnitine deficiency can include:
- Muscle weakness
- Floppy muscle tone
- Delayed motor skills
- Low blood sugar (if the liver is affected)
- Shortness of breath (if the heart is affected)