Taking carnitine with omega-3 fish oil is one of the simplest things you can do to improve body composition and raise your energy levels. The cool thing about carnitine is that by elevating the amount of carnitine stored in your muscles, you will see improvements in your quality of life.
A healthier body composition and more energy are two of these benefits, but taking carnitine is known to improve all of the following:
• High-intensity work capacity
• Increase athletic performance
• Speed your recovery from intense exercise
• Make your brain work better
• Prevent oxidative stress that leads to longer term health problems such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and chronic inflammation
A study in The Journal of Physiology provides groundbreaking evidence that carnitine supplementation can improve athletic performance, something that researchers have had trouble proving for years.
This article will discuss the top ten health benefits of elevating your carnitine levels with a focus on achieving optimal body composition.
1) Take Carnitine to Burn Fat: The Basics
Carnitine is an amino acid composite that is made from lysine and methionine. There are a couple of different forms of carnitine, such as acetyl-L-carnitine and L-carnitine tartrate, and we’ll look at which forms you should be taking and when. In this article, unless otherwise stated, “carnitine” will be used to refer to L-carnitine tartrate.
Carnitine is a potent fat burner because it is responsible for the transport of fats into the cells to be used for energy in the body. By raising the level of muscle carnitine, you support the fat burning process, and because your body becomes more efficient at processing fuel, it will increase your energy levels.
Elevating carnitine will also improve physical performance by burning more fat, sparing glycogen, clearing muscle lactate, and optimizing hormone levels.
2) Pair Carnitine and Omega-3 Fish Oils
For carnitine to be effective, you need to ensure you eat adequate levels of omega-3 fatty acids.
Omega-3 fatty acids are important because they will improve the health of every cell in your body if you get the right amount of them. The cells are made up of two layers of lipids or fats, which will be composed of healthy or unhealthy fats depending on the type you eat.
If the cell lipid layers are made up of omega-3 fats, the cell will be generally healthier, and it will also make them more sensitive to insulin. Having your cells be more sensitive to insulin allows your body to get the most energy production out of carnitine.
Omega-3s increase metabolic rate by increasing cell activity and fat burning. Carnitine is the delivery system for long chain fatty acids such that the less carnitine you have in the body, the fewer fatty acids that get into the cell, meaning you don’t burn them for energy.
Instead, the fatty acids go into a depository and are stored as fat. By elevating carnitine, fat burning increases and you give the cell the right genetic machinery to raise metabolism. You’ll have more energy, feel more motivated, and any excess fat begins to come off.
3) No Need For Carbs: Pair Carnitine with Omega-3s for Fat Loss
The new study in The Journal of Physiology, which we will highlight below starting with #5, showed that taking carnitine with carbs is effective for elevating muscle carnitine levels and improving athletic performance.
But carbs aren’t necessary as long as you get adequate omega-3s. A study in the Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism showed that combining carnitine, omega-3s, and polyphenols resulted in lower blood lipid levels and better cellular energy production, which has the implication of fat loss if the study had been of longer duration—it was only 12 weeks.
Researchers found that triglycerides were lowered by 24 percent and free fatty acids decreased by 29 percent compared to a placebo group that had no changes. These changes