ALCAR or as some may know it as Acetyl-L-Carnitine, is an L-Carntine amino acids that has an Acetyl compound added to its formula. While this may sound like a small addition, it changes the way it can move about in the body. In particular, ALCAR can cross the blood-brain barrier whereas L-Carnitine cannot. This is an important attribute of Acetyl-L-Carnitine as this ability to cross the blood-brain barrier allows it to improve brain function and also improve the body’s ability to burn fat.
Improved Brain Function
Acetyl-L-Carnitine has shown in studies to enhance the way our brains work. In particular, it has been researched for its ability to increase memory function. There are many extensive studies on its use to combat Alzheimer’s disease (which reduces memory function). ALCAR does this by increasing the amount of Acetylcholine found in the brain. Acetylcholine then works as a conduit for memory storage and retrieval. The more Acetylcholine found in the brain, the better your memory can potentially be.
But ALCAR doesn’t just enhance memory function, it also acts as an anti-oxidant, providing neuroprotective qualities that help protect the brain from neuro-toxic assaults. Its presents in the body promotes the release of such neurotransmitter as noradrenaline and serotonin. This release of noradrenaline and serotonin helps to increase brain energy and relax other stress placed on the body (potentially relieving depression).
As Acetyl-L-Carnitine has so many qualities that enhance brain function, it has a common supplement use by students and work professionally looking to increase their knowledge and academic performance. As a result, ALCAR is often sold as a nootropic to help students and work professionals to perform better.
Improved Fat Burning
While Acetyl-L-Carnitine is often used by students and work professionals, it is also used as a supplement for bodybuilders and athletes. There are two ways ALCAR can help in the process of burning fat.
Release of Noradrenaline
First it can help release the neurotransmitter called Noradrenaline, this can help stimulant the Central Nervous System CNS increasing the energy the body has. Along with the added energy, it can also promote metabolism speed and increase thermogenesis within the body. Both of these quality help increase the amount of fat that is naturally burnt. The increase in the body’s metabolism speed assist with energy output while thermogenesis increases the average temperature of the body. The higher the temperature the more fat that must be burnt to keep it at a higher level.
Fat Release Qualities
While the Acetyl version of L-Carnitine has more abilities then its counterpart. ALCAR still retains some of the benefits associated with L-Carnitine. Benefits like the abilities to release more fat from the body’s fat storage into the circulating blood stream. When there is more fat available in the blood stream, there is essentially more energy available. This energy can be readily used by muscle to produce energy. This fat burning process is increased due to the amount of viable energy. But there is a catch, you must be working out for the body to burn a significant amount of this fat, you also need to be eating less than your maintenance calories to really take advantage of these L-Carnitine benefits.