Carnitine is a compound synthesised by amino acids. In living cells it helps to transport fatty acids as they are broken down from larger fat molecules, a process that takes place in a structure called the mitochondrion.
Mitochondria are known as the cell’s powerhouses for their role in the production of metabolic energy, with carnitine playing a key role in the generation of energy from fats. It is found in two forms, a biologically active form with the precursor L and an inactive form with the precursor D.
Because of its metabolic activities it is recommended as a dietary supplement to help to increase fat loss and weight loss.
It has been recommended as a dietary supplement to treat various health and medical conditions, including high cholesterol and disorders such as atherosclerosis and angina.
It is also taken to improve energy levels and sports performance.