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Acetyl L-Carnitine has been used in clinical trials, providing strong benefits for cognitive function improvement.
Dr. Edelberg's comment: Carnitine itself is an amino acid that acts as an energizer. However, it does not cross a protective line in the body called the blood-brain barrier. We need this barrier to protect our delicate brain cells from toxic chemicals in our environment. Unfortunately, some potentially nasty molecules are small enough to slide through. For example, farmers are at a high risk for Parkinson's disease because of their exposure to pesticides and herbicides. You yourself may have noticed that alcohol passes the blood-brain barrier rather efficiently.
Acetyl-L-Carnitine is the carnitine form that can reach the brain. No shortage of clinical studies have shown that this added energy boost slows down Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Nutritionally oriented physicians like myself recommend acetyl-L-carnitine for what conventional doctors refer to as age-related cognitive decline.
If you're given this diagnosis (generally couched in a phrase like "Well, that's what happens when you get older") your doctor is saying that although you don't have Alzheimer's disease, don't plan to get smarter during the next few years. Now, to me, this situation is not only preventable, but in many cases quite reversible. You can place yourself on a program of the so-called smart drugs and supplements, like antioxidants, gingko, phosphatidyl serine, piracetam, and acetyl-L-carnitine. The dose of ALC is one capsule twice daily, preferably on an empty stomach to enhance absorption.
Contains: 60 UltraCaps
Ingredients: Acetyl L-Carnitine HCl (500 mg)
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