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Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALC) is a modified amino acid that supports cellular energy production by assisting in the transport of fat into the mitochondria where it is converted into ATP (cellular fuel). ALC is a highly bioavailable form of L-Carnitine that can cross the blood-brain barrier, where it helps to manage oxidative damage, supports mitochondrial function and helps to maintain normal neurotransmitter activity. Clinical studies suggest that ALC helps to maintain optimal neurological health.
Each capsule contains:
Acetyl-L-Carnitine (From Acetyl-L-Carnitine Hydrochloride) 500 mg
Non-Medicinal Ingredients: Veg Capsule (hypromellose, water), Stearic Acid (vegetable source) and Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source).
Adult Dosage: Take one capsule 3 times daily with meals.
Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have a primary systemic L-carnitine deficiency or secondary L-carnitine deficiency (inborn errors in metabolism) for which levocarnitine supplementation is prescribed and/or monitored by a healthcare practitioner. Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you have liver or kidney disease, if you have had a seizure, if you have hypothyroidism, or if you takeblood thinners. Agitation, nausea, headache and vomiting have been known to occur, in which case discontinue use. Mild gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal cramps and diarrhea) have been reported. Feelings of sleeplessness or overstimulation may occur, discontinue use if feelings persist or worsen. Low incidences of seizures have been reported with oral doses in individuals with or without pre-existing seizure disorders.
I find this is better than choline or bacopa for increasing focus and alertness without any jitters (like caffine). Good to combine with a b complex with breakfast.
I have found this Now amino acid to have consistent quality and effectiveness over the past year or more that I have been taking it. Also, having recently upped my dosage in keeping with the recommendations of Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum for recovery and management of FMS and SEID (ME/CFS), the impact has been tangible (I add one supplement every two weeks or so, when multiple new ones are being added, in order to ensure I can isolate good and bad effects; therefore, I'm confident in saying it's a tangible result for me).
I will continue to take this brand because of my experience with it as a quality, reliably consistent supplement in an easy to swallow capsule.
I first began taking Acetyl-L Carnitine after reading one of Dr. Andrew Weil's books - I think it was Healthy Aging - where he said there was evidence that it could help memory. See: http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART03059/Acetyl-LCarnitine-ALCAR.html What I've found is that taking ALCAR as it's called has helped my memory immensely (I'm now 57 and have been taking it for about 4 years). I no longer fumble for names or words the way I used to. The NOW version is fine, but I have to take one pill with each meal - I wish Healthy Planet carried the Jarrow brand available in the US as I only had to take one pill a day with that formulation.
good but the price is really too expansive for what it is
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