Carnitine and acetyl l carnitine as anti-aging supplements?

Carnitine and acetyl l carnitine as anti-aging supplements?

In addition to producing energy, these two nutrients remove toxic accumulations of fatty acids from mitochondria, keeping these organelles healthy and functioning at their best. Energy production in mitochondria is not a perfect process and toxic metabolites do accumulate. Accumulation of these toxic metabolites and the resulting oxidative damage is likely to contribute to aging of cells. A waste substance called lipofuscin accumulates in cells as we age and perhaps adequate acetyl-l carnitine intake can help minimize this accumulation. A study in rats providing acetyl-l carnitine from youth showed this nutrient to decrease lipofuscin levels in their brain as they got old. Therefore, it is theoretically possible that supplementation with carnitine or acetyl-l-carnitine can slow the aging process.

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