Amino Acid Jubilee

Amino acids. We hear the words regularly because they’re used to highlight certain food items. Amino acids are also talked about in fitness or body building circles as though they’re highly important. They’re talked about as being important because they are. When put simply, amino acids are critical to our body’s ability to function. They are molecules that group together in chains of varying length. The chains then form proteins, which are vital to innumerable bodily functions. Proteins create the basis upon which organs and tissues in the body function.

The importance of proteins (we wouldn’t be alive without them) indicates the level of importance of amino acids. Understanding and using amino acids is another great way to help you create your healthiest self.

What are Amino Acids?

There are twenty amino acids needed for your body to function. Nine of them are essential, which means they must come to us from our food sources because the body can’t create them. The remaining amino acids can be created by the body, but sometimes need to be supplemented to ensure optimal health.

Carnitine is a derivative of amino acids and L-carnitine is one of the compounds of carnitine. It’s both used by, and created in, the liver and kidneys. It can also be found in foods such as:

  • Asparagus
  • Beef
  • Dairy products
  • Chicken
  • Whole wheat bread

Although the body usually makes enough L-carnitine, supplementation of it offers numerous benefits physically. 


L-carnitine plays a huge role in energy production within the body. It’s considered as one of the primary amino acids that helps keep the cells energized and working the way they’re supposed to. It helps turn fatty acids into energy cells and can help with clearing toxins from the mitochondria. L-carnitine is very valuable as part of recovery after workouts and enhancing athletic performance. It’s also been shown to have benefits for a number of physical conditions and chronic illnesses, including:

L-carnitine has shown some promise in treating Alzheimer’s disease and in cardiovascular health, as well, although more research is required to confirm its full efficacy.

Too Much of a Good Thing?

L-carnitine should be supplemented by a knowledgeable practitioner because there is a limit at which its supplementation becomes too much of a good thing. As is common with every supplement or medication, there can be some side effects from taking L-carnitine.

These may include gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. An unusual but possible side effect is that L-carnitine may cause an unpleasant body odor. L-carnitine can interact with some medications, so it’s important to check with your medical practitioner before taking it.

For Those in the Quincy, IL Area

If you’re in the Quincy, IL area and would like to explore L-carnitine and other peptide treatments that will help you regain your health, call Vallee Health Repair. We specialize in providing a custom care plan designed specifically for you. Our goal is to help you optimize your health and repair your body. Call us today at (217) 577-2992 or contact us by email at vhrillinois@gmail.com. We look forward to helping you live vibrantly and well!

Disclaimer: The information contained here was not written by a medical doctor and is intended for informational purposes only. This is not a substitute for medical advice.