Acetylcarnitine (ALCAR, ALC, acetyl L-carnitine) is the acetylated form of L-carnitine. L-carnitine itself has many beneficial properties, however, it has been proven that it is ALCAR that has greater bioavailability and can cross the blood-brain barrier. This extends the scope of its applications, and above all, it increases the pro-cognitive potential. In the body, acetylcarnitine functions as a donor of acetyl groups for the production of acetylcholine – a very important neuromediator.
Through its ability to stimulate the secretion of acetylcholine and dopamine, ALCAR effectively stimulates the nervous system, which results in a better mood, concentration and a faster rate of learning. In addition, the compound is responsible for the regulation of metabolic changes – improves the transport and burning of fatty acids, favorably affecting the production of cellular energy. Thanks to this, it can effectively support the process of reducing body fat.
ALCAR-based supplements are intended in particular for sports and mentally active people, especially those exposed to extremely intense physical or intellectual effort. They work well in stressful situations and during exposure to adverse environmental factors. They may be helpful for athletes planning to reduce body fat and older people who have memory deficits and weakened cognitive functions.