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Acetyl-L-Carnitine is the ester form of L-Carnitine; a naturally occurring amino
acid metabolized from Lysine and Methionine and used extensively by the brain
and nervous system. There is a significant amount of research on L-Carnitine’s
role in cardiac and skeletal muscle function and in its role in fat
metabolism/loss. N-Acetyl- L-Carnitine’s research has focused mainly on its role
in brain and nervous system function in regard to the aging process. The older
we get, the more likely we are to suffer from cognitive/memory loss. Many
nutrients have been studied for their potential in promoting brain health in
older adults. N-Acetyl-L-Carnitine is one of those nutrients. N-Acetyl-L-Carnitine
is involved in preventing age-related effects on the brain by protecting neurons
from oxidative damage. Research suggests that N-Acetyl-L-Carnitine may have the
ability to slow down and perhaps reverse many of the signs of brain aging.
N-Acetyl-L-Carnitine benefits mitochondrial efficiency and functions as an
antioxidant within the mitochondria, helping neurons maintain optimal energy
levels. N-Acetyl-L-Carnitine increases acetylcholine levels in the brain.
Acetylcholine is one of the main neurotransmitters needed for memory.
Unfortunately, it is the main neurotransmitter deficiency that occurs with age
and this is suggestive of one of the reasons for loss of cognitive abilities, as
we get older. N-Acetyl-L-Carnitine appears to be absorbed intact and is capable
of crossing the blood-brain barrier. Because of the neuro-protective properties
that N-Acetyl-L-Carnitine has demonstrated, studies suggest and researchers are
theorizing that neuro-degenerative disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s
may be helped by supplementation with N-Acetyl-L-Carnitine to assist in slowing
down the progression of these conditions. AIDS patients have also gained relief
from pain associated with damage to their neurons due to this virus.