ALCAR

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WHAT IS IT?

ALCAR is an acetylated form of L-Carnitine available in capsule form. It is regularly used to ward off signs of aging and treat chronic fatigue and signs of neurological decay. An amino acid, L-Carnitine aids in yielding an uptake in metabolic energy. It has also proven effective as a fat-burning supplement, although reports on its efficacy in this area vary dramatically.

By working to move long-chain fatty acids into the mitochondria of cells, L-Carnitine is able to oxidize these fats so that they are stored up and used as a metaphorical petrol, yielding adenoine triphosphate and facilitating increased athletic performance and enabling more adequate muscle growth. In spite of these impressive attributes, ALCAR’s most widespread and acclaimed usage is as a cognitive enhancement drug.

ALCAR’S REP

What is Alcar’s reputation among the online community? Apparently, it is oblique as to whether or not Alcar is all that popular these days. While Dr. Weil raves that Alcar is an awesome source of amino acids, some have pondered whether it is even in use any more.

PredatorNutrition.com, a website that sounds like the concept of a bad SNL sketch, have agreed with Dr. Weil’s assessment and there are even YouTube videos dedicated to spreading the word about how effective ALCAR is. It currently boasts a five star rating on BulkSupplements.com and Nootrohacker.com calls it the “perfect combination of brain and body nutrients.”

Some have called it a well-rounded nootropic supplement, but others have warned of its effect on the thyroid. Online nootropic enthusiasts are discovering all sorts of advantages to taking ALCAR, including its effectiveness at staving off pre-cum and increasing acetylchonline. They also appreciate the cost-effectiveness of buying it in bulk in powder form.

BENEFITS

ALCAR has a range of benefits and potential benefits; a double-blind study suggests that ALCAR could be beneficial to those suffering from advanced hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Studies also point to ALCAR as being helpful to those afflicted with congestive heart failure. A multitude of studies have demonstrated ALCAR’s efficacy in treating the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other variations of dementia.

For those of you pickled peckers suffering from the penile disorder known as Peyronie’s Disease (the three-stage inflammatory condition that ordinarily ends in erectile dysfunction), research suggests that ALCAR’s got your back. In a three-month double-blind trial that pitted Acetyl-L-Carnitine against a rival drug, the results reflected that only Acetyl-L-Carnitine was able to reversed the curvature of penises that occurred at stage two of the condition.

Speaking of making sweet, sweet love, ALCAR has also been linked to increased sperm motility. So if you’re looking to plant the seed, this is the drug for you.

Additional benefits include the treatment of mild depression, angina and “brain fog.” It is important to note that folks on online forums have boasted of additional benefits, though none have been medically or scientifically confirmed as of yet.

DOSAGE

Recommendations on ALCAR dosage vary, depending on what manufacturer or vendor you go with, but the general consensus has it that ALCAR should be taken in a dose of 250-500 mgs daily. The majority of healthy people can take 500 mg in half dosages (250 and 250) over the course of the day.

SIDE EFFECTS

ALCAR has proven to be a safe supplement overall, but it does come with its share of side effects. Those afflicted with low thyroid levels are advised not to ingest ALCAR as Carnitine can disrupt the activity of thyroid hormone. The same can be said of people on dialysis; if you are currently on kidney dialysis, you should NOT take ALCAR without the approval of your physician.

ALCAR comes with contraindications and does not interact well with anti-seizure medications or certain thyroid medications. Consult your doctor before starting an ALCAR regimen.

Generally speaking, ALCAR’s side effects are both mild and seldom observed in its users. They can include any of the following:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Difficulty falling asleep

As always, be cautious, be smart and emancipate your mind.

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Erica Silva
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Erica Silva is a blogger by choice. She loves to discover the world around her. She likes to share her discoveries, experiences and express herself through her blogs. Currently, she is associated with DementiaTalk Team.

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