What is it?
Acetyl L-Carnitine is an acetylated derivative of the amino acid L-Carnitine (a building block for protein).
It can be found in red meat, free-from supplements (sometimes abbreviated to ALCA or ALCAR), and in many pre-workout and fat loss supplements.
What does it do?
Acetyl L-Carnitine helps your body produce energy. In particular, it helps your body shuttle fatty acids from stored body fat into the mitochondria of muscle cells where it can be used for energy. This results in an increase in the use of stored body fat for energy (also known as increased fat metabolism)
As we exercise our bodies are looking for a source of energy to fuel what we're doing. With Acetyl L-Carnitine in your system, you are essentially encouraging your body to use stored body fat as the primary fuel source.
The acetyl chain of Acetyl L-Carnitine also has the ability to cross the blood–brain barrier and enter the brain, where it acts as a powerful antioxidant and may improve mental alertness, concentration and mental focus.
When do I take it?
To take advantage of the fat metabolising properties of Acetyl L-Carnitine, it is best taken 15 - 30 minutes before exercise and/or first thing in the morning. Acetyl L-Carnitine can be mixed with water, or with any other type of supplement, and consumed.
The most efficacious dose is 1.5 – 2 grams per serve.
How much is it?
Acetyl L-Carnitine, when sold in pure form, ranges anywhere from $0.30 - $1.00 a serve, depending on the size and quality of the product. Typically, the more Acetyl L-Carnitine you buy, or the larger the product size, the better value for money it will become.
When sold within a fat burner supplement, price per serve range from $1.00 - $3.00 a serve, depending on the size and quality of the product.
For just a pure form, stand alone product, EHP Labs Acetyl L-Carnitine is Supps42 choice!
If you are wanting a fat burning supplement that contains Acetyl L-Carnitine already in it, EHP Labs Oxyshred, Optimum Nutrition Burn Complex Stim & No Stim plus Muscle Nation Destiny are all high quality products that each contain the effacious dosage of 1.5 - 2 grams.
Do I need it?
To lose body fat / weight, you first need to be in a caloric deficit with your nutrition. If you aren't in a deficit and take Acetyl L-Carnitine, it will be a lot harder to take advantage of the benefits this supplement has.
If you are in a deficit, Acetyl L-Carnitine is definitely something Supps42 recommends o ensure your body is burning body fat, not muscle.
A product to consider especially if you find you've hit a wall / plateau with your body fat / weight loss goals.