Does L-Carnitine Really Help in Weight Loss?
If you are going to look at some weight loss products in the market, you’d see a common ingredient called L-Carnitine. This word may be a jargon for many but for weight loss enthusiast, this is a familiar term.
Acetyl-L-Carnitine, is considered as a “wonder” ingredient for many weight loss products. Many manufacturers of weight loss supplements have added this ingredient to their products because of the claimed effects of L-carnitine on the metabolism of fats. These claims came from a small and limited studies linking L-carnitine and thyroid function. Apparently, thyroid function plays an important role in metabolism. However, these studies actually deal with the correction of hyperthyroidism and the results were also not conclusive of the benefits of L-carnitine.
The Atkins Diet also uses L-carnitine to promote weight loss but we are all aware that this is a fad diet. The Atkins Diet is not medically accepted and may actually cause more side effects to the body.
Apparently, there is no solid proof that L-carnitine is indeed beneficial for weight loss especially on regular individuals, or those who do not have any thyroid conditions.
On the other hand, for those who think they need a supplement of L-carnitine, it can be obtained from dietary sources like fish, dairy products, peanuts, poultry, wheat, avocados, and asparagus. L-carnitine may not be that beneficial to weight loss but it has other benefits, especially in the cognitive aspect.