One of the common weaknesses amongst older people is impaired metal and physical functionality. In 2007, a paper published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition highlighted the important role of L-carnitine in the health of older people.
L-carnitine is essential for transporting fatty acids to the mitochondria for conversion into cellular energy. Along with many other substances, L-carnitine concentrations decline as the body ages. This has important consequences given the vital role this amino acid composite plays in day-to-day physical and mental functionality. Therefore, it’s reasonable to postulate that L-carnitine supplementation may be beneficial for the health of the elderly.
The Italian Centenarian Study
The placebo-controlled randomised trial based at the University of Catania
- “Mariano Malaguarnera, Lisa Cammalleri, Maria Pia Gargante, Marco Vacante, Valentina Colonna and Massimo Motta, “L-carnitine treatment reduces severity of physical and mental fatigue and increases cognitive functions in centenarians: a randomized and controlled clinical trial”, Am J Clin Nutr December 2007 vol. 86 no 6 1738-1744.” ↩