L- Carnitine is a quaternary ammonium compound involved in metabolism in mammals, it is essential for the production of energy from fatty acids by virtue of its role in the transport of fatty acids into the mitochondria for energy production (in a process called Beta-Oxidation), L-Carnitine enhances the rate of ATP production (also called oxidative phosphorylation), which is a key step in energy production throughout the body.
By enhancing fatty acid metabolism via Beta Oxidation, L-Carnitine can help maintain healthy triglyceride levels already within a normal range.
Major body tissues, particularly the heart and skeletal muscle depend on fatty acid oxidation as their primary source of energy, L- Carnitine also promotes efficient heart function and health.
L- Carnitine is produced in the human body from the essential amino acids lysine and methionine. One gram of L- Carnitine is equivalent to the amount of Carnitine found in 3.5 lbs of steak.
The Carnitine content of seminal fluids is directly related to sperm count, suggesting that the compound might be of value in treating male infertility. Several studies indicate that carnitine supplementation ( 2 ~ 3 grams/day for 3 ~ 4 months) may improve sperm quality and volume.