major cause of aging is a reduction in the energy-producing components
of the cell, resulting in reduced cellular metabolic activity, and the
accumulation of cellular debris. L-carnitine
helps maintain cellular energy metabolism by assisting in the transport
of fatty acids from the cytosol into the mitochondria within the cell,
where fats are oxidized to produce the cellular energy (adenosine
triphosphate or ATP).
is the acetylated ester of the amino acid L-carnitine.
Acetyl-L-carnitine is an endogenous mitochondrial membrane compound
that helps maintain mitochondrial bioenergetics and lowers the
increased oxidative stress associated with aging. Acetyl-L-carnitine
and L-carnitine are absorbed into the bloodstream efficiently. Both are
effective at carrying long-chain fatty acids across the membrane into
the mitochondria where they are burned for energy production and
utilized efficiently by the cells. Acetyl-L-carnitine
also crosses the blood-brain barrier and guards against oxidative
peptide is a principal component of plaques and is thought to be a
contributor to the aging process. Acetyl-L-carnitine exerts protective
effects against such neurotoxicity and oxidative stress.
(ALC) easily crosses the blood-brain barrier and may have potential in
exerting unique neuroprotective, neuromodulatory and neurotrophic
properties. ALC may support youthful memory function, improve
mitochondrial structure and function, inhibit age-related oxidative
damage, and restore the activity of key enzymes