Acetyl-L-Carnitine Improves Serious Liver Malfunction

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
By: Byron J. Richards,
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Your liver is highly stressed by chemical exposures from the environment and toxins from your digestive tract. In addition, weight gain typically causes fat buildup in your liver and clogs its function. At some point your liver really struggles to do its job, resulting in mental and physical fatigue, along with a lack of physical activity. This is typically accompanied by an elevation in ammonia, which is neurotoxic.  A new study shows that 2,000 mg of Acetyl-l-carnitine1 can significantly improve this condition in people with poorly functioning livers.

The study involved 121 patients with initial liver failure, 61 acting as controls. The study lasted for 90 days. At the end of the study the symptoms were significantly improved in the ALC supplemented group along with the reduction in ammonia.  The ALC treated patients enjoyed a higher level of physical activity, as they had the energy to do it.

ALC is a unique compound that can metabolize odd chain fat fragments that accumulate in liver cell as a result of inflammatory damage. ALC is also a potent protector of your brain. Just about everybody who is overweight is fatigued and under some liver stress. If you can’t motivate yourself to exercise you may be suffering from liver overload.  While many strategies to deal with toxins may need to be employed, this study indicates that ALC can help. It may also help get you going on the fitness program you know you should be doing.


Referenced Studies:
  1. ^ .Acetyl-l-carnitine and Liver Problems  Am J Clin Nutr  Michele Malaguarnera, Marco Vacante, Maria Giordano, Giovanni Pennisi, Rita Bella, Liborio Rampello, Mariano Malaguarnera, Giovanni Li Volti, and Fabio Galvano

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