Acetyl VS L-Carnitine

What is the Difference Between the Two?

Carnitine is a very popular and beneficial supplement to include into your diet or supplement stack when it comes to cutting and dieting.

There are two forms of carnitine: Acetyl L-Carnitine and L-Carnitine. It is a common question or inquiry - what is the difference between the two?

Let us explain in simplest terms the difference between the two...


Acetyl carnitine is an ester of L-carnitine (an organic compound made by replacing the hydrogen of an acid by an organic group) which is very easily absorbed by the body. It help assist with cognitive function such as memory and concentration. It helps with mental processes as Acetyl L-Carnitine is a precursor to acetylcholine - a neurotransmitter required for mental function.

While dieting, carbohydrates are often the main macronutrient that are altered and lowered to get you lean. Lower carb consumption can interfere with metal processing, functioning and focus. The lack of focus and feeling 'foggy' in the brain is not a comfortable experience. This is where Acetyl L-Carnitine can come into good use.


L-Carnitine is involved in cellular energy production. It is required for the proper functioning of every muscle (in particular the heart). It is an antioxidant that protects the cardiovascular system. It improves cardio vascular disorders such as lowering cholesterol levels. Carnitine is involved in the transportation of fatty acids into the mitochondria (the energy powerhouse of each cell). It is also involved in the process of weight loss and energy production. It is advised that the best and most beneficial time to take is on a empty stomach 30-45 minutes before exercise.

In Conclusion...

Both forms act together in helping and assisting you mentally and physically. They also both remove toxins out of your muscles during exercise which results in less fatigue and better recovery.

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