How Does Acetyl-L-Carnitine Work?
is essential for proper functioning of mitochondria, the "energy factories" of human cells. For most people, the body can make plenty of this compound on its own, making supplementation unnecessary. However, for some individuals, such as premature infants or people with certain genetic defects, supplementation with some form of carnitine (such as acetyl-L-carnitine) is necessary. In critical situations, the use of the prescription product levocarnitine (Carnitor®
) is usually preferred.
It is not entirely clear exactly how this compound may work for the various conditions for which it is used, although researchers have suggested different mechanisms.
Using Acetyl-L-Carnitine in Children
Children can be more sensitive to the effects and side effects of medications and supplements. Therefore, it is best to consult your child's healthcare provider before giving your child any medication or supplement, including acetyl-L-carnitine.