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Acetyl-L-Carnitine

Also indexed as:ALC, L-Acetyl-Carnitine
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Acetyl-L-carnitine is similar in form to the amino acid L-carnitine and also has some similar functions, such as being involved in the metabolism of food into energy. The acetyl group that is part of acetyl-L-carnitine contributes to the production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is required for mental function.

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Our proprietary "Star-Rating" system was developed to help you easily understand the amount of scientific support behind each supplement in relation to a specific health condition. While there is no way to predict whether a vitamin, mineral, or herb will successfully treat or prevent associated health conditions, our unique ratings tell you how well these supplements are understood by the medical community, and whether studies have found them to be effective for other people.

For over a decade, our team has combed through thousands of research articles published in reputable journals. To help you make educated decisions, and to better understand controversial or confusing supplements, our medical experts have digested the science into these three easy-to-follow ratings. We hope this provides you with a helpful resource to make informed decisions towards your health and well-being.

This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Age-Related Cognitive Decline
1,500 mg daily3 stars[3 stars]
Several clinical trials suggest that this supplement delays onset of ARCD and improves overall cognitive function in the elderly
Neuropathy
500 to 1,000 mg three times daily 3 stars[3 stars]
Taking acetyl-L-carnitine may improve symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.
Alzheimer's Disease
1 gram taken three times per day2 stars[2 stars]
Short-term studies have found that people with Alzheimer's disease who supplement with acetyl-L-carnitine experience improved memory, enhanced overall performance, and delayed disease progression.
Depression
Refer to label instructions 2 stars[2 stars]
Acetyl-L-carnitine has been shown in several studies to significantly reduce depression symptoms in seniors.
Down's Syndrome
500 mg three times per day2 stars[2 stars]
Acetyl-L-carnitine appears to improve visual memory and attention in people with Down's Syndrome.
Erectile Dysfunction

(L-Carnitine)
2 grams of each daily2 stars[2 stars]
In one study, supplementing with the combination of propionyl-L-carnitine (a form of L-carnitine) and acetyl-L-carnitine significantly improved erectile function in elderly men.
Fibromyalgia
1,500 mg daily for ten weeks 2 stars[2 stars]
Supplementing with acetyl-L-carnitine may improve musculoskeletal pain, depression, and general health in people with fibromyalgia.
Liver Cirrhosis
2 grams twice a day for 3 months 2 stars[2 stars]
A double-blind trial suggests that supplementing with acety-l-carnitine may improve mental and neurological function in people whose cirrhosis has impaired function.
Macular Degeneration

(Coenzyme Q10, Fish Oil)
Follow label directions2 stars[2 stars]
In one study, supplementing with a proprietary blend of acetyl-L-carnitine, fish oil, and coenzyme Q10 improved visual function in people with macular degeneration.
Type 1 Diabetes and Diabetic Neuropathy
500 to 1,000 mg three times per day2 stars[2 stars]
Taking acetyl-L-carnitine may improve symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.
Type 2 Diabetes and Diabetic Neuropathy
500 to 1,000 mg three times daily2 stars[2 stars]
Taking acetyl-L-carnitine may improve symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.
Amenorrhea
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Acetyl-L-carnitine may help restore menstruation in some amenorrheic women.
Male Infertility
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Acetylcarnitine may be a useful for treatment of male infertility caused by low quantities of immobile sperm.

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