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.
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.