Carnitine is comparable to vitamins and has a similar structure as amino acids.  Lysine, an amino acid, can make carnitine in the body.


Carnitine is important for fat metabolism in order to create energy for the body.

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Recommended Intake


When a deficiency occurs, the body is unable to use all fats as an energy source.  Symptoms are most apparent as an infant or early childhood and include poor mental health, weakened and enlarged heart, confusion, vomiting, muscle weakness, and low blood sugar.

Sources in the Diet

Dairy, poultry, fish, and other meats are sources of carnitine.

Recent Studies and Articles

L-carnitine and heart attack patients

Investigating the heart disease controversy

Challenges Presented

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