What is Acetyl L-Carnitine ALCAR?
Acetyl L-Carnitine ALCAR is a naturally occurring amino acid derived from l-carnitine which is a building block of protein. It is found natural in red meat and is very common in some pre-workout and many fat burning supplements. Concentrations in food sources are not very good so for performance benefits powders are the best option
What Does It Do?
Acetyl L-Carnitine ALCAR works to assist in energy production. Although it does not directly produce energy itself it does help fuel the process. It's role is to transport fatty acids into mitochondria (energy powerhouse of cells) where they are then oxidised to be used as energy. In supplemental doses and with controlled diet this can enhance the utilisation of stored body fat as an energy source. Another effect of the Acetyl L-Carnitine ALCAR is that is increases mental focus and brain function. It crosses the blood/brain barrier and improves focus and it commonly used for mental illness treatment. How Do I Take It? For best results Acetyl L-Carnitine ALCAR should be taken on an empty stomach. Take 2-3gm 15-20 minutes pre-exercise. This can be stacked with any pre-workout or fat burning product to amplify the effects of each other. Ideal dosing daily for maximum effect is 4-6gm so we'd recommend taking 2-3gm first thing in the morning re-cardio and another 2-3gm pre-workout in the afternoon. This does not contain any stimulants and does not need to be cycled.
Yes-absolutely. ALCAR stacks very well with any pre-workout or fat burning supplement. As it does not contain any stimulants it can be used year round to boost mental focus and use of fat for energy.
What Products Have This?
Acetyl L-Carnitine ALCAR is very common and can be purchased as a single ingredient or can be found in a number of products. Most fat burners don't have enough to be clinically dosed so we recommend buying it solo.
Two good options:
How Much Does It Cost?
Both of the products above cost $39.95 for 100mg making them $.80 at 2gm/serve. If using 1-2 serves per day everyday this would come out to $24-48/month.