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L-carnitine sustains heart function

L-carnitine sustains heart function


Carnitine plays a critical role in energy production. It transports long-chain fatty acids into the mitochondria so they can be oxidized (“burned”) to produce energy. It also transports the toxic compounds generated out of this cellular organelle to prevent their accumulation. Given these key functions, carnitine is concentrated in tissues like skeletal and cardiac muscle that utilize fatty acids as a dietary fuel [1-2].

Some of the conditions carnitine may help treat are serious. Serious diseases and conditions require conventional medical treatment, still, sometimes your doctor might propose a supplement.

Angina — Some good evidence shows that carnitine can be used along with conventional treatment for stable angina. Several clinical trials show that L-carnitine and propionyl-L-carnitine can help reduce symptoms of angina and improve the ability of people with angina to exercise without chest pain.

Heart attack — A few studies have found that carnitine may help when used with conventional medicines after a heart attack. Some small studies suggest that people who take L-carnitine supplements soon after a heart attack may be less likely to have another heart attack, die of heart disease, have chest pain and abnormal heart rhythms, or develop heart failure. Treatment with oral carnitine may also improve muscle weakness. Carnitine should be used along with conventional medication under your health care provider supervision.

Heart failure — A few small studies have suggested that carnitine can help reduce symptoms of heart failure and improve exercise capacity in people with heart failure.

Suncord contains an optimal dose of Carnitine which, along with conventional medication heart function.

Source: Carnitine (L-carnitine) | University of Maryland Medical Center