Acetyl-L-Carnitine or Alcar is a natural Nootropic with benefits promoting heightened energy levels in both the body and the brain, motivation, clarity, improved memory and brain support.
What is Alcar Acetyl-L-Carnitine?
Alcar (Acetyl-L-Carnitine) is a modified version of L-Carnitine, which is a popular sports supplement. Although there are many benefits to the body, Aceytl-L-Carnitine is a Nootropic, which is also thought to additionally provide positive benefits the brain.
Carnitine, is an amino acid we already produce in our body in small amounts. This amino acid’s primary benefit is thought to help the body turn fat into energy and also has specific benefits to the brain.
It transports fatty acids and breaks them down. This process takes more carbohydrates and turns it into an energy source than would have otherwise been produced.
This means it promotes the uptake of fatty acids from mitochondria and turns stored fats into energy. Due to this process, it is also thought to be linked to potential weight loss.
Also, it is thought to be used widely as a sports supplement to get the energy needed for endurance.
Some people cannot produce enough L-Carnitine in their body or transport it into tissues for cellular energy and deficiencies of this amino acid are common. Deficiencies may cause muscles aches, fatigue, confusion and hypoglycemia.
Whether this is due to other medications, genetics or dietary choices, Carnitine is needed by the body for a healthy heart, proper brain function, muscle movement, to get energy and motivation and other body processes.
Aceytl-L-Carnitine Benefits to the Brain
Alcar, is more bioavailable than carnitine. It is thought to be a brain booster, improving the brains ability to form and adjust neural connections.
This may aid in helping thoughts be clearer, increasing alertness and making mental processes easier. It is also thought to protect the brain from toxins that kill brain cells, acting as an antioxidant.
When supplementing Alcar, it is absorbed into the blood stream, enters the central nervous system and reaches the brain. Alcar combines with choline to produce a chemical called Acetylcholine and this may be the reason it is commonly used with choline supplements.
Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter that sends signals between the neurons and is known to influence many cognitive functions including mood, motivation, attention, learning and focus.
Users may experience the enhanced ability to multi-task and see improvements in learning capacity and memory recall. Also, users may find they have a sharper mind, a longer attention span. Clarity and focus may also become easier and age related memory loss may be improved.
Alcar may also potentially help memory capabilities and thinking problems due to excessive use of alcohol.
It is also believed to be a powerful antioxidant, removing toxins out of the brain, getting rid of damaging free radicals that accumulate with age and that may potentially lead to diseases. It is also believed to be used for nerve pain.
Why Take Alcar? It Promotes;
- Improve mental energy
- Focus is heightened
- Improve age related memory loss
- Increase in motivation
- Improved mental clarity
- A healthy brain
Some common user reviews when taking Acetyl-L-Carnitine;
- Better focus
- Sharpness is increased
- Mood improves
- Keeps mind very clear
- Improves concentration
Acetyl-L-Carnitine Side Effects
Side effects related to Alcar are very minimal if any. However, some side effects reported have been mostly mild headaches that may be due to higher levels of acetylcholine.
In order to combat potential headaches, it may work well with a high quality choline supplements such Citicoline and Alpha GPC. If headaches persist, stop taking Choline or Alcar for a week and slowly increase the dosage when taking it again.
This is not recommended for people taking medications for HIV, cancer or chemotherapy. If you have any questions or concerns, speak to your doctor first before taking Alcar.
It is recommended to always stay within the lowest dose available when starting on any new Nootropic supplement. This helps you gauge your body’s effect and find what works best for you.
The most common dosage is between 500mg-1000mg either taken at once or divided within a day. Do not exceed 1000mg.
The half life of Acetyl-L-Carnitine is approximately 4-5 hours. Do not take it at night.
These are just guidelines, if you have any concerns, please consult your doctor.