• It is a small water-soluble molecule that is either made in the liver using amino acids or ingested as part of the diet.5
• Dogs that need to maintain lean body mass, dogs that need heart health support, and dogs that do strenuous work.2,3,5,6
• Commercial diets may vary in the amount of L-carnitine they provide.13 Adding an L-carnitine supplement may be beneficial.
• Cats that need liver support and cats that are at risk for not eating, such as cats that are under stress or are changing diets.9-11
• 95%-98% is stored in the cardiac and skeletal muscle. The heart cannot make L-carnitine so it must be brought in from the circulation.5
• The heart obtains roughly 60% of its energy through beta oxidation of fatty acids. L-carnitine is part of the shuttle that takes the long-chain fatty acids to the mitochondria within the cell to create this energy.1,5,6
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