Carnitine FAQs

March 28, 2016

What is Carnitine and where does it come from?

Carnitine is classified as an amino acid, although it is not an amino acid in the classic sense. Amino acids are generally used by the body for protein synthesis and/or as a neurotransmitter. Carnitine, which is closely related to B vitamins, is primarily used to facilitate the transport of long-chain fatty acids into the mitochondria of cells for energy production. This process provides muscular energy by burning fat, and also prevents fatty build-up around vital organs. Muscle cells that use the most energy, particularly heart cells, can benefit by having adequate carnitine levels.

Natural Carnitine is found primarily in red meat, so vegetarians may need to supplement to ensure healthy levels in their bodies. NOW uses only natural-form L-Carnitine, synthesized in a laboratory by a patented production process generating only L-Carnitine, and is vegetarian since it isn’t obtained from an animal source and contains no animal by-products. NOW carnitine products are the same form as that found in nature (L-Carnitine), with no detectable levels of synthetic D-Carnitine.