Acetyl L-Carnitine L-Tartrate

l-carnitine-l-tartrate chemical structure

L-Carnitine L-Tartrate Chemical Structure

"More Muscle, Less Fat, and Better Receptors for Cycles" - Nelson Montana

What is Acetyl Carnitine L-Tartate?
Carnitine is found in almost all of your body's cells and is particularly concentrated in muscle tissue.  It also plays a crucial role in helping your body burn, or oxidize, fat for fuel so that your body can use fat as an energy source.  It does this by transporting long-chain fatty acids into mitochondria and the seeds of muscle tissue.  The more efficient they are, the greater potential for growth. Once inside, the mitochondria can burn the fatty acids to produce energy with the help of Acetyl Carnitine.  In addition, Carnitine transports toxic compounds out of the mitochondria to prevent accumulation.

According to a study published in the February 2011 issue of "The Journal of Physiology."  The study examined carnitine tartrate supplementation on the exercise performance of healthy males. Researchers found carnitine supplementation led to 55 percent less muscle glycogen usage, 44 percent lower muscle lactate and other changes that resulted in improved exercise performance.

How it Works
Carnitine supplementation elicits better exercise performance and overall progress because one can push heavier weights and for a longer duration, leading to improved muscle gains.  However, the most critical role that L-Carnitine plays in the body is in helping to transfer the energy from fat calories into muscle cells.  Once there, they can be oxidized—used as fuel—to generate adenosine triphosphate, or ATP.  L-carnitine does this cellular work both when you exercise and rest, but research confirms that it is especially effective during intense exercise.

The Acetyl form of carnitine is considered the best because it can pass through the blood brain barrier and the L tartrate is better still.  A recent study out of Scotland concluded that in addition to its fat-transporting work, L-carnitine also enhances insulin's actions on muscle cells.  What this means is that L-carnitine can help keep blood glucose levels low, even following a carbohydrate-rich meal, while also aiding in glycogen repletion.

Bodybuilding Applications
Obviously, anything that nourishes mitochondria and uses fat for fuel is a plus for anyone looking to get a more muscular body.  Yet, the Tartrate version of Carnitine has shown an additional benefit.  It helps up regulate androgen receptors.  While the notion that receptors get burned out from steroid cycles is one of constant contention, it is a common theory in the bodybuilding community.  Nevertheless, the greater ability for androgen receptors to work optimally is a big advantage to those interested in building more muscle and for anyone who cycles.  This could lead to quicker “refreshing” of receptors that have been overtaxed from lengthy cycles.  Meaning, less recovery time between cycles in order to get the full effect once you go back on.  It is a good reason why Acetyl L Carnitine L-Tartrate should not only be used on-cycle, but in-between cycles as well.

Where to Find it
Carnitine is easy to get at any health food store or on line, but the tartrate version is a bit more specialized. N2Guard contains the Tartrate version of carnitine, which is specifically designed for steroid using bodybuilders.  This helps bodybuilders keep their receptors clean and receptive, even in the heaviest of cycles.

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