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L-Carnitine and Fibromyalgia

Carnitine is a compound formed when the amino acids methionine and lysine biosynthesize, and it is vital for moving fats into your mitochondria in order to create metabolic energy. Other effects that are still being verified through experiments include assisting the brain in using serotonin, neutrotransmitters and glutamate, all of which can be at improper levels in fibromyalgia patients. L-carnitine is the name of the biologically active form; you can find it in food, and it is also available in dietary supplements.

A study in 2007 by Drs. Rossini and others based at the University of Verona (Italy) sought to measure the effectiveness of L-carnitine in treating symptoms of fibromyalgia patients, specifically pain, fatigue, insomnia, and anxiety, based on recent statements claiming a connection between carnitine deficiency and fibromyalgia.

The research study had two groups – one receiving L-carnitine in tablet and injection form, and one receiving placebos in the same formats. Both groups improved for six weeks; after ten weeks, though, only the group receiving the L-carnitine continued to improve in the areas of pain and depression.

While the scientific community remains somewhat divided, there is growing evidence of the health benefits of L-carnitine. Other studies have shown that, as we age, our stores of carnitine begin to decline, and if our ability to turn fats into metabolic energy declines, it makes sense that our ability to manage pain and maintain an active lifestyle would dwindle as well.

So, where can you find L-carnitine? There are wide varieties of supplements available that contain this nutrient, and recommended adult doses range from 250mg to 1000mg per day. DrWilliams L-CarnitineIt is also available in the following foods: red meat, peanut butter, asparagus, wheat, poultry, fermented soybeans, dairy products, avocados, and fish.

As with any nutrient, however, while the right amount is beneficial, excess could be harmful. If you notice fever, high blood pressure, or elevated pulse after taking L-carnitine supplements, seek medical attention immediately. If you experience a stuffy nose, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, headaches, hyperactivity or insomnia, you'll want to talk to your doctor to see if you need to dial your dosage back or stop it.

So, here's the bottom line. Fibromyalgia has many unpleasant symptoms, and L-carnitine may be able to put some of those behind you. As with any supplement regimen, however, you should follow your doctor’s advice, but this is one over-the-counter product that you may want to consider.

Please seek the advice of a qualified health care practitioner before using any herbs, supplements or other natural approaches to health.

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