Acetyl L-Carnitine (ALCAR) is an amino acid that is naturally produced in the body to generate energy which has two primary benefits

Boosts brain power

ALCAR is an anti-aging nootropic, or smart drug, meaning it helps the brain to perform better. It passes the blood-brain barrier and reaches the brain and nerves, where it can improve mood, learning, and memory.

Burns fat and builds muscle

ALCAR can give you an edge in the gym, too. It shuttles fuel (in the form of fatty acids) to the muscle mitochondria, ramping up energy production and increasing endurance. ALCAR also pushes our metabolism toward fat burning while working out.

When you take ALCAR, it turns into carnitine in your body. For individuals who are eating a keto diet, intermittent fasting, working out intensely, or in a calorie deficit, carnitine becomes particularly important for burning fat.

When our bodies burn fat for fuel, it takes stored body fat (or fat you eat), breaks it down into fatty acids, and sends the fatty acids to the mitochondria. The mitochondria (the powerhouse of our cells) turns those fatty acids into ATP (energy) that then powers our cells.

We need carnitine to metabolise fat. If we are low on carnitine, fat cannot get into our mitochondria and we struggle to use it for fuel, but with abundant carnitine, our fat metabolism works like a well-oiled machine.

ALCAR will also help improve mental and physical energy, lower inflammation, boost circulation and increase mental focus.

How to consume

Most studies suggest between 1-3 grams of ALCAR, taken every day with one gram a day being a good place to start. From there, you can increase or decrease the dose as you see fit. As with most supplements, timing matters.

Acetyl-L-Carnitine for Nootropic Benefits / Anti-Aging:

1-2 grams per day, split between morning (30 minutes before breakfast) and afternoon.

Acetyl-L-Carnitine for Fitness and Fat-Burning:

1-3 grams per day; Half taken 90 minutes before exercise (to increase muscle endurance) and the remainder after exercise (to increase recovery).