Carnosine or Carnitine

question markRecently, a question came through an Ask The Expert query, inquiring about the differences between carnosine and carnitine. It’s not the first time someone has asked, and with good reason. Although their names sound similar, the one you choose will be based on your specific health goals.

Both carnosine and carnitine are referred to as amino acids because their chemical structure is similar to amino acids, and they are made of other amino acids. However, by scientific standards, they are not pure aminos. Carnitine is produced in the body from lysine and methionine, Continue reading “Carnosine or Carnitine”

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Support Peripheral Neuropathy Naturally

Peripheral neuropathy affects almost 50% of people who suffer from type 2 diabetes. In fact, diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) is the most common type of neuropathy, or nerve dysfunction.

DPN can cause tingling, numbness or pain in the hands, arms, feet and legs. And the prevalence usually increases with age, as well as how long someone has had diabetes.

There are natural supplements that may help support those with DPN. If you are diabetic and DPN is a concern, talk to your healthcare practitioner about these natural alternatives.

Alpha lipoic acid (ALA): 600mg taken daily has been shown in studies to improve symptoms of DPN. Continue reading “Support Peripheral Neuropathy Naturally”

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Acetyl-L-Carnitine: Memory Booster

Can’t remember where you put your car keys? Forgot where you parked your car? Research shows that that the amino acid acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC) can boost brain power and improve memory. Its antioxidant properties repair damaged neurons, increasing your memory and capacity to learn. Neurons are nerve cells that transmit information. This amino acid also helps get fatty acids to the mitochondria (aka the “powerhouse” of your body) in your cells that turn fat into energy, thereby further enhancing alertness, focus and concentration. ALC can also help with depression because it helps your body make acetylcholine, a chemical needed for regulating moods. So where can you get ALC? Well, the only food source is animal brains (I know, not so pleasant to contemplate). For me, personally, I think I will take a supplement. Pathway Acetyl-L-Carnitine is 500mg, so one a day is all I need.

If you are currently taking carnitine and think it’s the same, it’s not. ALC is a derivative of carnitine. I recommend carnitine for heart health and muscle strength, and ALC for anti-aging. If you want more information on these supplements, please contact Village Green at 800-869-9159 or check out our website.

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