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L-carnitine helps reduce weight

In this pilot study of 24 overweight men, half took 500 mg of L-carnitine per day with or without motivation training while the other half took a placebo with or without motivation training. The motivation training included a 30-minute live education session on the metabolic functions of L-carnitine, how reducing weight lowers chances for disease, and several ways to increase physical activity. Doctors also asked the men to consume no more than 1,500 to 1,800 calories per day.

After four weeks, the L-carnitine/ motivation training group had lost an average of 2.4 pounds while the placebo/non-motivated group gained 1.5 pounds. The L-carnitine/motivated group also had the largest decrease in circulating triglycerides, down 73 milligrams per deciliter of blood, or 33 percent.

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