Acetyl-L-Carnitine is also known as acetyl-carnitine, L-acetycarnitine, acetylcarnitine, and acetyl levocarnitine. Research has shown that supplemental acetyl-L-carnitine may have neruoprotective activity. In addition, acetyl-L-carnitine may have protective activity for the heart and may beneficially affect heart function. Acetyl-L-carnitine may also have cytoprotective and antioxidant activity.
Acetyl-L-Carnitine supplement benefits
Acetyl-L-carnitine aids in the production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Irregular acetylcholine metabolism in the brain, leading to acetylcholine insufficiency in the brain, is thought to be associated with age-related dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease. As the body ages there are many biochemical changes that occur. These include decreased cariolipin synthesis in the heart and improved mitochondrial function. Research has demonstrated positive effects of acetyl-L-carnitine supplementation in Alzheimer’s patients particularly with attention and concentration. In a double-blind placebo-controlled study of 30 patients, whose dementias were believed to be symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, there were significant, positive results as measured by neuropsychological tests used in the study. In another study of 130 patients with Alzheimer’s disease, a slower rate of deterioration was observed in 13 of 14 outcome measures at the end of one year. Some of these reached statistical significance, including measures of logical intelligence, long-term verbal memory and selective attention. It has been suggested that cognitive function may be improved in patients with Alzheimer’s disease by acetyl-L-carnitine’s hypothesized ability to inhibit cell death of cerebral nerve cells. There is also evidence that acetyl-L-carnitine can slow mental decline in the elderly who are not afflicted wit dementias. Neuroprotective effects of acetyl-L-carnitine have been reported after stroke. Cerebral blood flow reportedly improves in acetyl-L-carnitine treated subjects with cerebrovascular disease. Peripheral nerve function has been improved with the use of acetyl-L-carnitine in diabetes. There is clinical evedence that acetyl-L-carnitine may be helpful in various peripheral neuropathies. There is some evidence showing acetyl-L-carnitine having anti-aging effects especially in the brain and heart. Acetyl-L-carnitine has been reported to increase sperm motility in human trials producing increase progressive sperm motility which was associated wit a greater number of pregnancies. Along with acupuncture acetyl-L-carnitine has been used successfully by Dr. Berg in treating neurological problems such as multiple sclerosis. Please view our testimonials and success stories to see our success!
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