Carnitine is a naturally occurring compound in the body that plays a critical role in energy production. It is derived from the amino acids lysine and methionine and is primarily found in animal products, such as meat and dairy.
The main function of carnitine is to transport long-chain fatty acids into the mitochondria, which are the energy-producing organelles within cells. Once inside the mitochondria, these fatty acids can be oxidized or “burned” to generate energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP).
Carnitine is essential for the proper functioning of the heart and skeletal muscles, as they heavily rely on fatty acids for energy. It also helps regulate fat metabolism and may play a role in maintaining healthy blood lipid levels.
While the body can synthesize carnitine on its own, some individuals, such as those with certain genetic disorders, may have difficulty producing or utilizing carnitine. In such cases, carnitine supplements may be prescribed to address the deficiency.
Carnitine has gained popularity as a dietary supplement and is marketed for various purposes, including weight loss, athletic performance enhancement, and boosting energy levels. However, the scientific evidence supporting these claims is limited and inconclusive. It’s important to consult a healthcare professional before taking any supplements, including carnitine, to determine if they are suitable for your specific needs and health conditions.
HOW IS CARNITINE ADMINISTERED?
For intramuscular injections, carnitine is injected directly into the muscle tissue using a syringe and needle. The injection site is typically a large muscle, such as the thigh or buttock. You begin by cleaning the injection site, insert the needle into the muscle, and slowly inject the carnitine solution. Afterward, the injection site may be massaged gently to disperse the solution.
Your medication comes with the needed syringes and dosing instructions.