Acetyl L-carnitine or ALCAR, is an acetylated form of L-carnitine. It is a dietary supplement that naturally occurs in plants and animals. It's compounds are able to alleviate the effects of aging and disease on mitochondria, while increasing the mitochondria’s potential to burn fat. Acetyl-L-carnitine is an endogenous mitochondrial membrane compound that helps maintain mitochondrial bioenergetics and lowers the increased oxidative stress associated with aging. It easily crosses the blood-brain barrier and is absorbed into the bloodstream efficiently. It may have potential in exerting unique neuroprotective, neuromodulatory and neurotrophic properties and exerts protective effects against neurotoxicity and oxidative stress. It is also effective at carrying long-chain fatty acids across the membrane into the mitochondria where they are burned for energy production and utilized efficiently by the cells.
ALCAR may support youthful memory function, improve mitochondrial structure and function, inhibit age-related oxidative damage, and restore the activity of key enzymes. A major cause of aging is a reduction in the energy-producing components of the cell, resulting in reduced cellular metabolic activity, and the accumulation of cellular debris. L-carnitine helps maintain cellular energy metabolism by assisting in the transport of fatty acids from the cytosol into the mitochondria within the cell, where fats are oxidized to produce the cellular energy.
Supplementation has also been shown to be a mood elevator. It is also known as one nutrient that affects vegetarians and omnivores differently. The recommended daily intake is 1,000-4,000mg.
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