Acetyl L-Carnitine

Acetyl L-Carnitine

Acetyl-L-carnitine is an acetylated form of L-carnitine. It is a dietary supplement and naturally synthesized in human brain, liver and kidneys. Acetyl-L-carnitine provides a substrate reservoir for cellular energy production and optimizes energetics in mitochondria, stabilizes cell membrane, serves as an oxidant and possesses neurotransmitting activity similar to acetylcholine.


Potential side effects:

  • Upset stomach
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Restlessness
  • Seizures
  • “Fishy” odor of the urine, breath and sweat

Potential drug interactions:

  • Acenocoumarol (Sintrom)
  • Warfarin (Coumadin)
  • DMAE

Relative contraindications:

  • Pregnancy
  • Lactation
  • Chronic anticoagulation therapy
  • Poorly controlled hypothyroidism

Complementary natural products:

  • CoQ10
  • Eleutherococccus
  • Gotu Kola
  • Liver Detoxifier
  • Pantethine
  • Sunflower Lecithin

Contents: 100 Vcaps


Dosage information:

The recommended dose of acetyl-L-carnitine varies from 1000 mg/1 g to 3000 mg/3 gm a day. Those exceeding the recommended doses must do so under the supervision of their physician due to the increased risk of potential side effects.


Contains no sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg, shellfish or preservatives.


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Selected references:

Chiechio S, Copani A, Nicoletti F, Gereau RW 4th. L-acetylcarnitine: a proposed therapeutic agent for painful peripheral neuropathies. Curr Neuropharmacol. 2006 Jul;4(3):233-7.


Kidd PM. Neurodegeneration from mitochondrial insufficiency: nutrients, stem cells, growth factors, and prospects for brain rebuilding using integrative management. Altern Med Rev. 2005 Dec;10(4):268-93.


Stephens FB, Constantin-Teodosiu D, Greenhaff PL. New insights concerning the role of carnitine in the regulation of fuel metabolism in skeletal muscle. J Physiol. 2007 Jun 1;581(Pt 2):431-44.


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

All information contained on this website is intended for informational and educational purposes only, and is not intended nor suited to be a replacement or substitute for professional medical treatment or for professional medical advice relative to a specific medical question or condition.

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