When I first learned about this amino acid, I was looking for ways to increase the amount of weight I could lift and the distance I could run.
For 3 years now I’ve been competing inThe North Face Canadian Death Race, a 125km cross-country adventure relay through the bear-filled, rugged terrain, and steep mountains of Grande Cache, Alberta, Canada (8 hours north of Calgary) over a 24 hour period.
I really wanted to learn more about optimizing energy and taking my training to the next level.
That’s when I came across L-carnitine…
and since then have seen great improvements in my personal fitness and my nutritional and personal training clients with regards to increased fat loss and energy levels, and pushing past plateaus.
L-carnitine is a nonessential amino acid (aka protein) and has many exciting roles and functions in the body.
Although it is not an essential amino acid, it’s still great to learn about and find out how you can get it through food.
The function of L-carnitine is to taxi (yup, just like a taxi driver!) long-chained fat molecules to the energy producers in our bodies (you may already known of them: mitochondria) which are located inside our cells.
The mitochondria’s function is to make energy from glucose, protein and fat.
In aiding the body to break down fat, L-carnitine helps with fat-loss and lowering blood triglycerides.