How To Fight Fibro Symptoms Naturally With Acetyl-L-Carnitine
Among the many possible culprits that researchers hypothesize may cause fibromyalgia is mitochondrial dysfunction. This dysfunction impairs the ability of mitochondria (which are found in nearly every cell in the body) to convert energy into ATP, which provides energy for every cell in the body. This irregularity is commonly (though not always) found in patients suffering from fibromyalgia.
One of the critical substances produced by the body to help mitochondria is Acetyl-L-Carnitine. This amino acid one of several forms of carnitines at work in your body. It helps carry fatty foods to the mitochondria to be used as fuel and also carries away the toxic waste from the fueling process. In this sense, it helps provide energy for the body and acts as an antioxidant to destroy harmful free radicals in the body.
Now that you’re familiar with Acetyl-L-Carnitine and its functions, lets explore three ways in which it has been shown to help reduce the symptoms of Fibromyalgia:
1. Improves Endurance & Reduces Fatigue
As mentioned above, Acetyl-L-Carnitine helps mitochondria produce ATP, which every cell in the body needs for energy. In a sense, mitochondria act as a power plant for the cells. If the plant is unable to perform properly, energy levels are affected and the body will feel it. By helping this hypothetical power plant (a.k.a. mitochondria) to perform its functions properly, Acetyl-L-Carnitine helps boost energy levels in the body.
2. Reduces Pain
In a double-blind, multicenter trial comparing acetyl l-carnitine (LAC) with placebo in the treatment of fibromyalgia patients, researchers at the University of Verona found that patients taking the LAC showed statistically significant improvements in musculo-skeletal pain and number of tender points.
According to the study, “the ‘total myalgic score’ and the number of positive tender points declined significantly and equally in both groups until the 6th week of treatment. At the 10th week both parameters remained unchanged in the placebo group but they continued to improve in the LAC group with a statistically significant between-group difference.”
3. Improves Mental Health
In the same study by the University of Verona, researchers concluded that LAC may be of “benefit in patients with FMS, providing improvement in pain as well as the general and mental health of these patients.” Among the various health benefits related to the function of the brain, studies have shown acetyl-l-carnitine improves blood flow to the brain in patients suffering from poor brain circulation. Additionally, it has been used to improve memory and treat depression in patients suffering from cognitive illnesses.
Whether it’s a boost in energy, relief from pain or improvement in cognitive health that you’re seeking, acetyl-l-carnitine shows a lot of promise. For patients suffering from fibromyalgia, it can lead to a significant decrease in levels of pain and result in an overall improvement in health. It is readily available in stand-alone supplement form and is also one of the ingredients used in the Fibrolief Support Formula. As always, consult your doctor prior to taking it.
Have you been taking acetyl-l-carnitine? What results have you seen or felt?