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What is carnitine?

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Carnitine helps make energy in your body. Most carnitine comes from the liver and kidneys, but you also get some from food. Most supplements contain one type of carnitine called L-carnitine. It's the same type that's in food.

SOURCES:

Fundukian LJ ed, The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, third edition, 2009.

Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University: "L-Carnitine."

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center web site: "About Herbs: Carnitine."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine web site: "Herbs at a Glance: Carnitine."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: "Carnitine."

National Institutes of Health: "Carnitine."

Mochamat, "A systematic review on the role of vitamins, minerals, proteins, and other supplements for the treatment of cachexia in cancer: a European Palliative Care Research Centre cachexia project. J Cachexia Sarcopenia Muscle." 2017

Delaney CL, "A systematic review to evaluate the effectiveness of carnitine supplementation in improving walking performance among individuals with intermittent claudication." Atherosclerosis. 2013 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 25, 2019

SOURCES:

Fundukian LJ ed, The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, third edition, 2009.

Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University: "L-Carnitine."

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center web site: "About Herbs: Carnitine."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine web site: "Herbs at a Glance: Carnitine."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: "Carnitine."

National Institutes of Health: "Carnitine."

Mochamat, "A systematic review on the role of vitamins, minerals, proteins, and other supplements for the treatment of cachexia in cancer: a European Palliative Care Research Centre cachexia project. J Cachexia Sarcopenia Muscle." 2017

Delaney CL, "A systematic review to evaluate the effectiveness of carnitine supplementation in improving walking performance among individuals with intermittent claudication." Atherosclerosis. 2013 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 25, 2019

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