l-Carnitine: Fat Burning Supplement

By January 4, 2013 December 15th, 2018 fat burner, supplements, Weight Loss



If you need a little encouragement to start the year off right, please read this testimony from a client who travels about 3 weeks out of the month, has a wife and a toddler and still finds time to prepare meals. He lost 35.5 pounds in 45 days just by changing a few things.


Many of those that have posted have struck a chord with my situation before starting with you.  The “dark” side of my story was intentionally left out because I’m not at my goal yet.  For now, I just keep myself focused on results and not how or why–especially since it’s difficult to exist in the “what if I didn’t have a friend that helped me?”

It is humbling to see how much trust you place in your clients and how much hope and faith they have in you!  There were some posters that touched on similar concerns to mine, so I wanted to clarify in the hope that others may see how working with you can simplify, not complicate; can be cheap not expensive.

1.  I did NOT cook for most of my progression.  I suck at cooking.  I had to ask my wife how to hard boil eggs.  Seriously.   So MY weight loss was not dependent on baking or cooking skills.  Your recipes  impacted my enjoyment and spare time, but my weight loss was not dependent on a magic recipe.  And I built up to them.  With that said, I can see how some people would see immediate benefit from substituting your healthified stuff.  But for someone that is on the road, eats out or just can’t cook–don’t worry.  Maria’s plan works incredibly well in that reality that so many of us live in.

2.  When my son and I cook, it’s often easy stuff like fried eggs or my new hard-boiled egg recipe (egg + boiling water).  I thought I’d be late to work, but it literally takes 15 minutes start to finish.  Okay, sometimes longer if we decide to sing.  My waffle maker was $50.  Made that back in one skipped trip to Sunday buffet.  Your pancakes are like $2.50 and were breakfast for 3 days.

3.  My progress and your plan for me was 100% INDEPENDENT of source of food.  Eggs were eggs.  Chicken was chicken.  I did NOT need to find cage-free, organic DHA ratio’d eggs from Chickens that did yoga every morning.

4.  I took the past 1.5 to 2 months to learn WHILE doing.  You have now recommended 4-5 books that I read while exercising.  And youtubes and postings.  But if I waited to learn, I’d still be where I was.  Maybe even more depressed.  I imagine a lot of people are like how I am in many many ways but chose not to be with this.  I would read to find fault or problems.  To blame an industry or a food.  I came to realize that even if all of that is true, so what?  It’s not about them, it’s about me.

5.  I did not try to change anyone but me.  We had meals where son, wife and me all ate different things.  So what?  Is that ideal–no.  But who cares?  You know what–son started asking for what “papa” was eating.  Salsa (Pace) over ketchup.  Then mustard over salsa.  Then eggs over toast.  Now mustard on eggs.   And mustard on waffles.  Eventually that’s where the baking and recipes helped…and that was key for me.

6.  Your plan SAVED me money.  I saved on snack foods not because I chose to not eat them–but because I did not need to snack.  I have a $8 bag of almonds in my pantry that I bought 2 months ago–and am only now down to the bottom.  I used to spend $15/day on snacks throughout the day.

7.  It was far easier for me to use your system of basic meal first, then build.  I didn’t focus on what I couldn’t eat–just on what I could.  I built a meal only from known things–especially helpful when on the road.  “When in doubt, leave it out.”  I was stunned that I would get full and satisfied throughout the day so I didn’t even feel like I missed anything.

8.  Here’s a true story–I started to pass on airline meals.  I’ve had two flight attendants tell me “Good for you” in a very sincere way.  One explained how she fasts while flying.  This WILL happen to anyone that does your plan–you will find camaraderie in the oddest places.

9.  I have an ego and associated my willingness to try any local food with business success and whatever.  That was totally in my head.  There are just as many, if not more, people that I work with that have endeared themselves to me because I opted to jog along the oceanside rather than eat a local potato.

10.  Mentally, it was important for me to paint a picture quickly.  After a couple days of seeing the mental shift and energy level, I tried consciously to act as though I was already there.  What you helped me focus on was things like sleep, stress and reading.  I was therefore making decisions from a positive place and not out of victim, sufferer, tired/cranky, etc..

Anyway, Maria thanks for all your help and I’m looking forward to my own home stretch to my goal.  Looking forward to trying even more of the recipes with my son who’s already asking me for your chocolate donuts!  ‘Papa, Nutritious AND Delicious!’   He’s one smart low-carb cookie!”

Click HERE to start your journey to a keto-adapted diet!

This is a segment from my Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism book.

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There is no doubt that the most effective means of attaining weight loss is by means of maintaining a well-balanced diet program and having a regular exercising routine. A very effective weight loss supplement that can be used alongside is carnitine which is extremely beneficial in increasing weight loss by mobilizing fat in the body and increasing calorie burning. Discovered in 1905, it is a water-soluble, vitamin-like compound that is readily used in the body. Dietary carnitine can be found in a number of foods. The best source is meat, particularly beef, sheep, and lamb. Other animal foods such as cheese and poultry contain somewhat less carnitine.

The function of carnitine is a bit complex. It is an amino acid which aids the breakdown of calories by shuttling fatty acids into the mitochondria which is our ‘fat-burning powerhouse’ in our body. The American Chronicle states there is also another significant reason which makes carnitine stand out among the various other weight loss supplements. Carnitine has the unique distinction of keeping watch and restricting the accumulation of fat around the liver and heart.

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This unique supplement also helps enhance muscle strength and aids in reduction of triglyceride levels in the body. Carnitine furthermore helps reduce irritability and anxiety which is a common side effect amongst dieters. This supplement can help increase your energy at same time suppressing your appetite. Also muscular fatigue is reduced, which can help you go longer and harder in your fitness routine.

Nutrition rich foods and animal protein can help to meet basic levels of nutrition in the body. A person who exercises regularly needs lot of carnitine for overall growth and development. One should replenish this supplement in the body before a deficiency is created. Carnitine is suggested by doctors to those who don’t consume adequate amounts of proteins, vitamins, and amino acids to make up for the deficiency. Deficiency of carnitine can lead to low energy levels and muscular weakness. Cramps and sudden weight gain are often a side effect of low levels of carnitine.

Cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and obesity are some of disease which you can come across if long term deficiency of carnitine happens. Due to lack of animal protein in diet of vegetarians they are most likely to suffer from a deficiency. Doctors consider it to be a very effective supplement for vegetarians.

In the past carnitine was thought to be involved only in the conversion of fat into energy, but scientists have since discovered that it has many far-reaching actions critically related to your appearance, performance and overall health and longevity. Carnitine has been proposed by doctors and scientists as a treatment for many conditions.

Here are some of the many benefits:

L-Carnitine is one of the best supplements in the weight-loss industry which can help you lose those extra pounds. This supplement is most effective because it mobilizes the fat and it disappears more rapidly when you include it with you exercise program. Carnitine shuttles our extra fat to our fat-burning powerhouse in our cells called the mitochondria; energy is produced so as to burn fat easier and go longer during your workout.

Aging results in deterioration of the muscles, an increase in body fat, and a decrease in our muscle’s oxidative abilities. One study fed old rats with carnitine at 30 mg/kg body weight, the carnitine levels and oxidative activity of muscle cells was restored. Body composition was also improved; it decreased their abdominal fat and increased muscle fibers. Another study found L-carnitine in a dose of 100 mg/kg body weight improved exercise endurance.
Carnitine has strong antioxidant effects in the body, protecting cell membranes against free radical damage, which occurs at high rates during exercise and as part of the normal aging process. Therefore, long-term carnitine supplementation may slow the detrimental effects of aging on athletic performance.

Some research suggests that carnitine may prove useful for preventing or reducing symptoms of an overactive thyroid, such as insomnia, nervousness, elevated heart rate, and tremors. In fact, in one study, a small group of people with hyperthyroidism had improvement in these symptoms, as well as normalization of their body temperature, when taking carnitine.

• Angina — The top facts for carnitine’s use for heart disease is as an addition to conventional treatment for stable angina. Several clinical trials indicate that carnitine can help reduce symptoms of angina and improve the ability of those with angina to exercise without chest pain. You should not self-treat chest pain, however; see your doctor for diagnosis and conventional treatment, and consider carnitine as extra insurance for your heart.

• Heart attack — Some studies suggest that people who take carnitine supplements soon after a heart attack may be less likely to suffer another heart attack, experience chest pain, or develop heart failure. Carnitine should be used along with conventional medication under your doctor’s supervision.

• Heart Failure — A few studies have found that carnitine (in the form of propionyl-L-carnitine) can help reduce symptoms of heart failure and improve exercise capacity in people with heart failure. However, more studies are needed to confirm any benefit.

Decreased blood flow to the legs from atherosclerosis (plaque build-up) often causes an aching or cramping pain in the legs while walking or exercising. The reduced blood flow to the legs is called peripheral vascular disease. A number of studies show that carnitine can help ease symptoms and increase the distance people can walk. Most studies have used propionyl-L-carnitine; it isn’t known if L-carnitine would have the same effect.

High blood sugar levels and diabetes often damage nerves in the body, especially the arms, legs, and feet; the condition is called diabetic neuropathy. Some studies suggest acetyl-L-carnitine may help decrease pain and increase normal feeling in affected nerves. It is also promising that carnitine can help nerves regenerate.

Low sperm counts have been connected to low carnitine levels. Numerous studies advocate that carnitine supplementation may enhance sperm count and mobility. Studies also suggest that propionyl-L-carnitine could help male sexual function. One study found that carnitine significantly improved the effectiveness of Viagra in men with diabetes who until that time had not responded to Viagra.

Scientists find that chronic fatigue syndrome may be causes by deficiencies of many nutrients, including carnitine. L-carnitine has been compared to a medication for fatigue in a study of 30 people with CFS. Those who took carnitine did much better than those who took the medication, particularly after receiving the supplement for 4 – 8 weeks.

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• Weight loss: 2 – 4 grams daily
• Peripheral vascular disease: 2 – 4 g per day
• Diabetic neuropathy: 3 g per day
• Male infertility: 500 – 1,000 mg three times daily
• Chronic fatigue syndrome: 500 – 1,000 mg up to four times per day
• Overactive thyroid: 2 – 4 g per day in two to four divided doses

Maria Emmerich

About Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 15 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of "Keto.". Click here for Keto. http://amzn.to/2EfrECi Click here for our new Keto Courses: http://keto-adapted.com/school/


  • Ben says:

    Hello Maria,
    I was wondering if you had any idea when the best time to take this is? I work out 3x a week and cardio 2x a week, the bottle says take with a meal but I have seen suggestions all over the map when researching on the internet. I was just wondering if it was more benifical to take before or after exercise, or just do what the bottle says? Thanks.

  • Calvin says:

    I eat low carb and was wondering what you thought about coenzyme10? I see alot of low carbers take it but have not seen it in any of your posts, also if it is good what dosage do you suggest and time of day to take? Love the recipies on here!

  • Heather says:

    Is l-carnitine the same as acetyl l carnitine?

  • Anonymous says:

    So for weight loss only 2 to 4 g but the bottle says 750 g so how do I take it

  • at says:

    Hi Maria, would you recommend food supplements on a daily basis or once in a while when our body needs them? What food supplements do you get on a daily basis? Thanks!

    • cemmerich says:

      It really depends on a lot of factors (thyroid or hormone issues, etc). I do think some things are good for everyone to take like magnesium, bifido bacteria, fish oil or MCT oil. For us northerners, vitamin D3 and K2 in the winter. 🙂

  • Rachel says:

    Hi I am just reading Secrets to a healthy metabolism, and thinking of buying some of you supplement list. I have just been online an added them to an online basket and got a HUGE total at the end. So far my list looks like this:
    Resveratrol Capsules (
    CLA Thermo
    5-HTP Tablets (50mg)
    Coenzyme Q10 Tablets (30mg)
    Alpha Lipoic Acid Capsules
    L-Carnitine (500mg)
    L-Glutamine Tablets (500mg)

    I already take multivitamins and greent tea extract, and my goal is to speed up my sluggish metabolism and loose some fat, that i seem to hold around my thighs and stomach. I eat a healthy hih protein fat diet and excercise most days, i wondered if there were any you wuld reccomend more than others as at this point in time as a student cannot affor them all. (I also suffer from anxiety and stress and lack of energy
    Sorry to keep messaging you! but i love ur blog and book and feel like there is soo much amazing info to take in and make sense of!

    Thanks Rachel 😀

  • Jessica McAfee says:

    After buying your book this week I bought some L-carnitine and have been taking 4 g in the morning on an empty stomach and have had no problems.
    I recommended it to my Mother and she took it this morning and had a horrible stomach reaction. Vomiting and stomach cramps.
    Any idea why that would cause that?

    • cemmerich says:

      That is probably too high a dose for her. Have her start with 500mg. Or she could try L-Tyrosine instead (more for thyroid health too) 🙂

  • Felicia says:

    I have been taking this (3grams) in am on empty stomach, as per health assessment recommendation. I finally noticed this morning almost as soon as I take it, I get sleepy and feel like I need a nap. Now I am confused, I know it’s supposed to help with energy.

    • cemmerich says:

      No. It shuttles triglycerides to the mitochondria to produce energy. I have never heard of this. If anything it can cause excess energy where people back down on the dose.

  • Lisa says:

    I was wondering, if I get the powder version how much do I take? Is it still just 2-3 grams or do I have to take a lot more of the powder? I’m trying to figure out the most cost effective way of taking this stuff 🙂

  • Ania says:

    I know that I may be asking a redundant question so please, if it’s easier, just refer me to a previous blog where this question might have been answered already. I’m a 43 year old female with no apparent health issues, nor do I really need to lose weight but I do exercise regularly and have recently been trying to improve my family’s eating habits just for a healthier way of living for us, and I stumbled upon your site. There are so many supplements that you and other nutritional experts suggest that it can be so overwhelming. I know it is based on individual needs but are there just a few basic ones that you can suggest for someone my age to start with for just basic health? I would love to see my tummy get more toned and flatter but again, I am not overweight, just have a bit of a pot belly that I can never seem to get rid of. Also, I think I could benefit from supplements that help maintain a balance of healthy bacteria in my gut. Thank you in advance for your time.

  • Cynthia Bampi says:

    Maria, I had taken L-carnitine, and just now I had notice that there is l-canitine and l-carnitine from l-carnitine tartrate, so, is ir different? Witch one should I take, or are they the same?

  • Jessica says:

    I have been taking L-Carnitine everyday on an empty stomach for a couple months now. I just found out yesterday that I’m pregnant. Do I continue taking this supplement throughout the pregnancy?

  • Sarah says:

    Seeing that carnitine can help with hyperthyroidism, should it be avoided with those with hypothyroidism? I am on thyroxine for hypothyroid and wonder if I should avoid it…..

    • cemmerich says:

      Yes, L-tyrosine would be better for you. 😉

      • Sarah says:

        Thanks for your reply Maria. You suggest l-tyrosine would be better, but don’t they have different functions? I already take 400g l-tyrosine in the morning as suggested by you but am keen to maximize my fat mobilization and fatigue. tIA

  • Ann Phippen says:

    For us that have Hypothyroidism, you recommend L-tyrosine. Would the dosing be the same? is there any other supplement you suggest to stay away from. I have heard that the L-carnitine would affect the medication, so curious if there are other that could interfere?

  • Jackie Dales says:

    Maria, I have Hashimoto’s. I had a total thyroidectomy in 2002. I take cytomel for thyroid replacement. Is it safe for me to take?

  • Nicole says:

    I am already CLA extreme which in two pills I’m getting 200mg of L-Carnatine a day. Is this enough? Can I take L-Carnatine along with the CLA extreme?

  • Valerie says:

    If you have an under active thyroid would it cause it to slow more or would it be safe to take?

  • alex says:

    On Amazon reviews some people were saying Dr Oz does not recommend taking this because of increased heart attack risk? Can you please let us know what you think?

  • Jessi says:

    Is this safe while breast feeding? Any other supplements you recommend for trying to lose weight while nursing?

  • sophie says:

    my naturopath recommended this supplement to me as a way of 1) gaining weight and 2) regaining my period.
    you don’t talk about either of those two things…

    Do you know how l-carnitine might be related to “helping” someone gain weight and/or getting their period back?
    (I haven’t menstruated in over 2 years…I’m amenorrheic)

    • cemmerich says:

      That is not correct on either of those issues. If you have Graves disease, that could be a different situation.

      • sophie says:

        Thank you for replying. I do have thyroid/adrenal problems, but not Graves’ disease.
        All the best to you, Maria.

      • sophie says:


        I’ve done some research and spoken to the naturopath.
        There are different types of l-carnitine.

        I believe it is the l-acetyl-carnitine that is good for weight loss.
        However, l-carnitine (different form) has actually had a positive effect on anorexics.

  • laura says:

    My husband and I haave been taking Acetyl L-Carnitine. 500 mg before each meal for a total of 1500 per day. We have noticed we are having strange dreams. We stopped taking it and the dreams have stopped. Has anyone else had this reaction?

  • heidi says:

    I’ve been following Maria’s plan (bought Keto & Advanced Keto packages) for a little over 3 weeks. Still no weight loss yet 🙁 but I do feel better. I think I adapted quickly (paleo for over a year) but this weight has been stubborn to say the least. I also am hypothyroid (and bought the hypothyroid supplement add-on) and take 60mcg of Armour first thing in the morning along with the recommended 3 gm dose of l-Carnitine, but I just read l-Carnitine could adversely affect my thyroid medication. Should I be skipping that early morning l-Carnitine? I’m hopeful I can eventually reduce my thyroid meds (or eliminate… hey, I can dream) but my tests aren’t going to be accurate if the supplements are making my thyroid dose less effective? Forgive me if I missed it somewhere in the literature — I did look. Thanks for any help!

  • Amy says:

    For weight loss, the NOW brand comes in 1000mg tablets and you recommend 2-4 GRAMS per day? How many MG are in a GRAM and so, how many 1000mg tablets should one take? THANKS MARIA 🙂 UPDATE: I googled “how many milligrams in one gram” and found out that there’s 1000mg in 1 gram so I would need to take 2-4,000mg per day – correct?

  • lisa says:

    The link for CoQ10 seems to be not working. I found a few NOW versions in my local store but they all seem to be different. Is there another online version you prefer?

  • sophie says:

    How is it best to take l-carnitine? With food? Away from food? I also take 5-HTP and L-Tyrosine (which I take away from meals), could I take l-carnitine when I take them?


    • cemmerich says:

      I take carnitine and tyrosine in the morning 15-30 minutes before breakfast. I take 5-HTP before bed.:)

  • paula brandt says:

    i have been following your program for a couple of months. I find that one of the supplements is causing restless legs. it is either alpha lipoid acid or acetyl l carnitine. every thing else I’ve used before, i tend to think its the carnitine. what is your take on this? I’ve never had restless legs before.

    • cemmerich says:

      Are you taking magnesium? Restless leg can be a sign of magnesium deficiency.

      • paula brandt says:

        yes have always taken magnesium, just switched to the one you recommended. This is the first time I have ever had restless legs and the first time i ever took ALA and L carnitine.

        • cemmerich says:

          I haven’t heard of anyone getting restless leg from either of those. If it isn’t magnesium, it can also be a sign of low iron.

  • Michelle says:

    Can I take l Carnitine while breastfeeding my 7 month old?

  • Alexandra says:

    Hi Maria 🙂

    After re-reading Keto Adapted for the fourth time, I’m really starting to notice your emphasis of overfeeding days for T3 stimulation and ultimate fat burning. My goal is to lose fat, about 60 lbs of it, but I’m confused about one thing; I also saw that by incorporating overfeeding days, people can with low weights can gain healthy weight on keto. How can overfeeding/high calorie intake serve both purposes of helping people gain or lose fat. I just don’t want to be eating too much on a daily basis (one of the initial things that drew me to keto is that I could eat until full.) I hope my question is clear. Working on scraping together money for a program with you, and as always, thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Allie (Alexandra)

    • Alexandra says:

      * I also saw that by incorporating overfeeding days, people with low weights can gain healthy weight on Keto.*

    • cemmerich says:

      It keeps the metabolism from getting trained on a certain intake. Same as when intermittent fasting. Over feeding (when trying to lose weight) is just adding 300-400 more calories on one day (every week or two) with the same ratios of fat/protein/carbs. 🙂

  • Michelle says:

    Hi there!

    Is there a particular time of day that is best to take the L-Carnitine? Thanks so much!

  • sophie says:


    I have two questions about l-carnitine.
    The one that is supposed to help with weight-loss and CFS – is that the acetyl or the tartrate? From what I understand – the acetyl is more for brain and tartrate is more for body. Can you confirm?

    I don’t have hypo- or hyperthyroid, but I do have LOW Free T3: Is L-carnitine tartrate still safe and effective for me if I’m using it for weight maintenance and CFS?

    Thank you so much!

  • Angela says:

    Hi Maria,

    I’m getting ready to order supplements, and I have a question about L-Carnitine. I see you’re using the tablets, and then there are also capsules and liquid. I have a very sensitive stomach and if I take too many capsules or tablets I just end up throwing them up. On the back of the liquid carnitine label, a few different kinds contain about 3 g of carbs in the form of glycerin, is this okay, or do you prefer the tablets and capsules. If the later is preferred can I open the capsules and add it to warm bone broth?

  • Shirley says:

    I started my keto diet last year and do weight lifting 5 days per week. My current goal is to lower my body fat from 22% to 18%. I am currently taking L-Carnitine 2 tablets (2g) on empty stomach first thing in the morning, is it OK? Is L-Carnitine a long term supplement or should I need to stop taking it once I reach my goal?

  • Pam says:

    Hi Maria,
    Do you know or have you heard more about the L-carnitine helping male infertility. My daughter and her husband had to do IVF (successfully) because of his sperm count was very low. Do you think the L-carnitine would help him? They would like to have another baby but IVF is so expensive. Thank you in advance for your reply. 🙂

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      That as well as zinc. 50mg Zinc: Helps a lot with hair loss and the thyroid is a zinc hog! The average American consumes less than 10 mg of zinc per day, far less than what is required for normal sugar metabolism or the other functions of zinc in the body. Zinc is also essential for keeping a healthy immune system, building proteins, triggering enzymes, and creating DNA. Zinc also helps the cells in your body communicate by functioning as a neurotransmitter. A deficiency in zinc can lead to low thyroid, stunted growth, diarrhea, acne, impotence, hair loss, eye and skin lesions, impaired appetite, and depressed immunity. A zinc deficiency is a huge issue with salty cravings or craving a bite of sweetness after each meal. I suggest 30-50mg at breakfast…please note that as you increase zinc, it can cause nausea so slowly increase. Start with 15mg a day for a week, and then double it the next week, increase again until you are at 50mg/day. http://astore.amazon.com/marisnutran05-20/detail/B000FGXMAY

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      MACA is often used to alleviate stress and increase sexual function in both men and women. The Discovery Channel’s Discovery Health shows maca has been found to increase the production of testosterone and sexual function in men, while it helps regulate the levels of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone in women.

  • Pam says:

    Thank you so much Maria!! 🙂

  • Alycia says:

    Maria – I found these to be hard to swallow, is this the same thing in capsule form –
    Acetyl L-Carnitine? It states it’s a highly bioavailable form of L-Carnitine. It’s now brand as well.

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      That is a different from but is also great. Good for brain also. 🙂

    • Alycia says:

      Thank you 🙂 . Fat burning and brain functioning sounds like a win win – I’ll order it right now. I noticed, with the form you suggest here & In books I had A LOT of energy for workouts first thing in the morning – I like that!

  • Hamad says:

    If my age 15 years can i take l-carntine

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Everyone has L-Carnitine in their bodies so it is completely safe. You can maybe do 1/2 the adult dose. 🙂

  • sandy says:

    I am new to your site but love it so far. So help me to understand I am to take fhree llillsa day for weight loss.

  • Sangita says:

    Hi Maria, I love your suggestions. I am currently on keto diet since last 2 months and have been recently adviced to take l-canitine which I will surely take now that I am convinced after reading your posts. I am also taking oral contaceptives so will it be safe to take canitine as well. I am 42 year old female. Thanks!

  • Stephanie Ferrer says:

    Hi I was wondering does this affect fertility? Is this a natural supplement?

  • Chelli says:

    Hi Maria, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and I need to lose weight. I’m going try the L-Carnitine, but want to know about Arginine? What does it do? I thought I read somewhere it helps breakdown fats, too?

  • MALVIS says:

    Hi! I’m new to this site n I love it already. I was wondering if I could take both the L-Arginine and L-Carnitine 500 mg each daily for weight loss. If so how much will I need to take?

    • Maria Emmerich says:


      Yes. You can take both. But for weight loss do 1000mg l-tyrosine twice a day and 3000mg l-carnitine in am once a day.

  • Linda says:

    So many questions and answers….it all starts to run together. So, here’s mine: IF you are hypothyroid, have no gallbladder and have a lot of trouble staying asleep at night, should L-carnitine or Acetyl L-carnitine be taken?

    • Linda says:

      I forgot to mention in the question above, that i also have adrenal fatigue, which i am finally after 2 years starting to recover from.

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Either would work but only take in the morning when you wake up. You sound like you need Progest cream at night.

  • Linda says:

    Thank you for replying. How much would I take?

    Also, when I was taking Progesterone (compounded oral supplement) at night, it prevented sleep, which although unusual was something my naturopath PA said was a possibility. My question about that is can I take Progesterone in the morning with the L-Carnitine?

    On another note….I have (I think) most of your cookbooks…been buying them for several years.

    I recently bought “The 30 Day Ketogenic Cleanse” and after about a month or so of reading and following it, lent it to a friend who was quite interested in my journey. She is very fit but still following the old paradigm of low fat eating, exercise to the max, and some grain consumption. She decided to go all in and your book has become a wonderful source of information for her. It’s really been sweet to watch her eat her allotted fat macro each day and to see the utter, although mystified, JOY she’s experiencing since she’s begun. For the first time in a long time she is not hungry all day long, and once again having SO much fun preparing and cooking all her new Keto recipes. So last week I decided to get her a book of her own. I also added to my library “Quick & Easy Ketogenic Cooking” which I am also LOVING. All your cookbooks are wonderful but these two are beautiful, informative and the recipes are wonderful.

    Thank you for all you’re doing to educate and thrill us with this new lifestyle!

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      I only suggest Progest cream at bedtime.

      Have her read my latest blog post;)

      • Linda says:

        Ok…ummmmm….So I decided to re-read all the comments above about this subject and noticed that you recommend l-tyrosine for hypo-thyroid issues instead of acetyl l carnitine. Would you still recommend then for me, given the information about my situation above, that I take acetyl l carnitine or should it be l tyrosine?

  • Shonmarie says:

    Hi Maria – great information! I am starting this program because I need to lose weight and have been having great difficulty on low carb. My physician wants me to have roux n y surgery and I am so not convinced that it’s the way to go. After reading your information regarding keto, I am changing everything! I will be starting l-carnitine and cla and wanted to know if I should take them separately or together – empty stomach or with a meal.

    I am so excited to start this and I thank you for such a wealth of information and help available. Looking forward to success.

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