1.What Is It?
Acetyl L-Carnitine is an acetylated derivative of the amino acid l-Carnitine (a building block for protein). It can be found in red meat (in particular mutton), in free-from supplements (sometimes abbreviated to ALCA or ALCAR), and in many pre-workout and fat loss supplements.
2.What Does It Do?
Acetyl L-Carnitine helps your body produce energy. In particular, it helps your body shuttle fatty acids from stored body fat into the mitochondria of muscle cells where it can be used for energy. This results in an increase in the use of stored body fat for energy (also known as increased fat metabolism)
Combined with a sensible diet and workout regime, Acetyl L-Carnitine will help you reduce stored body fat.
The acetyl chain of Acetyl L-Carnitine also has the ability to cross the blood–brain barrier and enter the brain, where it acts as a powerful antioxidant and may improve mental alertness, concentration and mental focus.
3.When Do I Take It?
To take advantage of the fat metabolising properties of Acetyl L-Carnitine, it is best taken 15 – 30 minutes before exercise. Acetyl L-Carnitine can be mixed with water, or with any other type of supplement, and consumed. The most efficacious dose is 1.5 – 2 grams per serve.
4.How Long Does It Take To Work?
Acetyl L-Carnitine starts working as soon as it enters the bloodstream, which is typically 15 – 30 minutes after consumption. Users can expect to experience an increase in mental alertness, concentration and mental focus within this timeframe. Consistent use in conjunction with a sensible diet and workout regime will see reduction in stored body fat within the first 2 weeks of use.
5.How Much Does It Cost?
Acetyl L-Carnitine, when sold in pure form, ranges anywhere from $30 per 100g, right up to $50 per 100g, depending on the size and quality of the product. Typically, the more Acetyl L-Carnitine you buy, or the larger the product size, the better value for money it will become.
Based on an average price of $40 per 100g, and based on one 2g serve per day, supplementing with Acetyl L-Carnitine will typically cost around $25 per month.