L-Carnitine Amino Acid Supplements & Kidney Disease

In this video, Robert shares some interesting research that was published by Nutrient’s Journal in September 2020. It uncovers many topics regarding the amino acid L-Carnitine and kidney disease. These tips can also help you avoid obstacles that Robert had to go through. 

So to begin with, what is L-Carnitine?
L-Carnitine is an amino acid that we get from food. It assists to break down fatty acids through the mitochondria which then helps produce energy for your body. The kidneys work very hard to produce a lot of L-carnitine but when kidney issues are present, there is a higher risk of developing low L-carnitine levels. 

During this research, the people who were experimenting with this studied a group of people who had kidney disease and were not on any kind of dialysis. What they found was that most people had low L-carnitine levels and that can eventually lead to aortic stiffness. This is not a good sign as it can aortic stiffness can further result in arterial damage and even heart disease. 

Generally, we wouldn’t always suggest people get L-carnitine supplements. This doesn’t mean you can’t take them, if you’re someone who doesn’t mind popping pills, you’ll be fine. 

Nonetheless, if you can, you should always request your doctor to get your L-carnitine levels tested. Aside from helping prevent cardiovascular disease, it can potentially help your iron levels and energy levels.

Be mindful to always consult with your doctor to test for L-carnitine. Most labs perform this test but your doctor may not bring it up unless you advise him. If you realize that your L-carnitine levels are at the borderline, you should seriously consider taking some supplements. 

Robert suggests starting with 1500mg of L-carnitine a day. Three 500 mg pills a day would be decent to start with. You may also go up to 3000 mg of L-carnitine if it’s indicated. 

In conclusion, L-carnitine is an amino acid that your kidneys produce. People with kidney issues have always shown reduced levels of L-carnitine which can lead to other issues. This study suggests that it may lead to aortic stiffness which is a bad thing as it can further lead to heart damage. 

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