L-carnitine is an amino acid which functions to protect cells from the effects of aging. L-carnitine assists in the transport of fat through the cell membrane and into the mitochondria within the cell, where these fats are oxidized to produce the cellular energy ATP.
L-carnitine is prescribed for dogs with certain heart disorders caused by chemotherapy.
(Acetyl L-carnitine is the acetyl ester of the amino acid L-Carnitine. Acetyl L-Carnitine is absorbed into the bloodstream faster than L-Carnitine, and is used to improve overall cell energy metabolism.)
L-carnitine supplements are available in capsules and bulk powder.