Carnitine is an amino acid that benefits energy levels by transporting fatty acid into the mitochondria where they can be burned up and used as fuel. As a result, carnitine has become increasingly popular as a weight loss supplement when combined with exercise. Carnitine comes in two forms: D-carnitine and L-carnitine. L-carnitine is the active form in nature while D-carnitine is biologically inactive and is not sold in supplement form.
L-carnitine is a vitamin-like nutrient that assists in post-workout recovery, helps to reduce oxidative stress and promotes the transformation of fat into energy. Additionally, it is important for heart and brain function, muscle movement, and many other body processes (see chart for more). Though L-carnitine is formed in the liver and kidneys from the amino acids lysine and methionine, it is stored primarily in the muscles and brain. It can be consumed through diet and supplementation with dairy products, certain types of meat (the redder, the better – lean beef, low-fat pork, fish, chicken breast, etc.), and various forms of supplements (liquid, powder, pill).
Carnitine deficiency is most commonly seen amongst vegetarians and undernourished individuals who do not consume the adequate food sources. In some cases, people may have a hereditary disorder that makes it difficult to utilize certain kinds of fat for energy, and enzyme deficiencies can make proper carnitine metabolism more of a challenge. Those who experience excess diarrhea, diuresis, or conditions that require hemodialysis may also suffer from lack of carnitine. The symptoms of carnitine deficiency typically depend on the individual person’s age, though symptoms typically include muscle degradation, weakening of the cardiac muscle, fatigue, dizziness, chest pain and heart arrhythmia. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and gastrointestinal distress are also common symptoms of carnitine deficiency.
First and foremost, pregnant women should always consult their physician before taking any dietary supplement. The standard L-carnitine dosage is 500-2,000 milligrams daily, though dosage may depend on the type of supplement. It is suggested to always begin with a low dose and working your way up to make sure your body can tolerate it without any adverse effects. While many Carnipure / L-carnitine supplements come in pill form, it can also be found within powdered products.
AMPD Pre-E is a caffeine-free supplement that works as both a pre-workout or an energy drink throughout the day. With the combination of 8 power packed ingredients, AMPD Pre-E includes the Carnipure®, the special grade of L-carnitine.
The addition of Carnipure® L-carnitine provides benefits ranging from increasing blood flow, reducing markers of metabolic stress, decreasing muscle soreness, improving recovery time and supporting conversion of fat into metabolic energy. Providing .5g per serving, AMPD Pre-E will fuel your body with the essential nutrients AND give you an energy boost!
Note: Caffeinated pre-workout supplements are typically NOT advised during pregnancy, however AMPD Pre-E is 100% natural and free of any artificial fillers or stimulants. As always, it is best to consult your physician before incorporating any supplement into your routine.