What other names is L-carnitine known by?
3-carboxy-2-hydroxy-N,N,N-trimethyl-1-propanaminium inner salt, (3-carboxy2-hydroxypropyl) trimethylammonium hydroxide inner salt, 3-hydroxy-4-N-trimethylaminobutyrate, B-hydroxy-N-trimethyl aminobutyric acid, Beta-hydroxy-gamma-trimethylammonium butyrate, B(t) Factor, Carnitine, Carnitor, D-Carnitine, DL-Carnitine, Facteur B(t), L-3-hydroxy-4-(trimethylammonium)-butyrate, Levocarnitine, Lévocarnitine, Levocarnitine Fumurate, L-Carnitina, L-Carnitine Fumarate, L-Carnitine L-Tartrate, L-Carnitine Tartrate, (R)-(3-carboxy-2-hydroxypropyl) trimethylammonium hydroxide, (R)-3-hydroxy-4-trimethylammonio-butyrate, Vitacarn, Vitamin B(t), Vitamine B(t).
What is L-carnitine?
L-carnitine is an amino acid (a protein component) that is naturally produced in the body.
- Treating and preventing L-carnitine deficiency.
- Increasing red blood cell count in people with serious kidney disease.
Possibly Effective for...
- Improving low birth weight.
- Preventing side effects caused by valproic acid (Depacon, Depakene, Depakote, VPA), a seizure medication.
- Improving symptoms and complications of heart disease and heart failure (chest pain, heart attack, and others).
- Symptoms of high thyroid hormone levels.
- Treating male infertility caused by inflammation of some reproductive organs and tissues (prostate, seminal vesicles, and epididymis).
Likely Ineffective for...
- Improving athletic ability.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Eating disorders, fatigue, diabetes, high cholesterol, blood disorders, circulatory problems in the legs, leg ulcers, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Lyme disease, autism, Rett syndrome, and other conditions.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).