Many people who are interested in losing weight and building muscle are turning to two supplements in combination to help them achieve their goals. L-carnitine and CLA are regarded by experts as being two of the more potent fat loss and muscle building aids and often sold in combination. But how effective are they likely to be?
L-carnitine is an amino acid which also known as the body's protein building blocks. It is naturally available in most protein based foods and is stored in the body until required. It is known to help the body to get energy from food via the mitochondria. In addition to improving energy levels it is also thought to improve mental and cognitive function.
For these reasons L-carnitine is often used in the bodybuilding world to allow athletes to perform for longer and at a higher intensity. It is also used by people who are suffering from memory impairment. As the body appears to have problems making L-carnitine as it ages, supplementation by those aged of 50 is sometimes recommended.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is a fatty acid which is also found in animal products, in particular beef and dairy. It was first discovered when scientists used a beef extract on mice which had been exposed to a cancer causing substance. The mice went on to develop 20% less tumours than those not using the substance. For this reason, CLA is thought to be effective as an anti-cancer supplement.
Other studies have shown CLA to be effective in weight management, especially how it reduces body fat and improves muscle mass. It is considered to be a safe supplement and is included in a number of everyday foods.
A number of studies have indicated that a dosage of 3 grams a day of CLA can result in a loss of 90 g of fat each week, while higher doses didn't seem to offer any additional benefit. It addition it could add another 1% increase in lean body weight each week. It is regarded as a good tool in the fight against excess weight when used as part of an overall package of exercise and diet.
Despite this good new CLA is not advised for those people who are at risk of developing type II diabetes as it can increase insulin resistance. For this reason it is not advised for people who are already very overweight.
These two supplements will work well together. The L-carnitine will give the user more energy to perform extra exercise as well as more focus and mental clarity. It is also possible that the exercise will be carried out to a more impressive degree, accelerating the results. Meanwhile CLA will help to melt away fat during exercise and will improve the way the body builds muscle.
These two supplements are sold individually, but are also available as a combination. It is important to ensure that the correct dosage is being taken for your individual needs and requirements.