L-carnitine: Re-opening Fat-clogged Mitochondria

Summer is the season for baseball games, county fairs and tempting foods. Hot dogs, cotton candy, pork rinds, sausages, fried dough…it may be OK to yield to these energy-rich, nutrient-poor treats on occasion. But, in this issue of the Health Journal, we examine how they can wreak havoc on our bodies if consumed too often.

Acetyl-L-Carnitine: The Lesser Known Cousin

Structurally, the difference between the acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC) and L-carnitine (LC) is that ALC is an LC molecule that also contains an attached acetic acid group. This structural difference is small, but it produces a considerable difference in the biochemical properties of the molecule and, consequently, in its effects on metabolism.