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Low carnitine level linked to CFS symptoms

Sunday 20 March 2011

Carnitine in the brain's Adrienne Dellwo reports:


Low Carnitine Level Linked to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms

January 12, 2011

A study recently published in the Journal of Internal Medicine suggests that low levels of carnitine may be linked to symptom severity in chronic fatigue syndrome.

Carnitine is necessary for mitochondrial energy production, so researchers theorized that low carnitine could contribute to the low energy of the condition. They measured several forms of carnitine in study participants and found significantly abnormal concentrations. Two forms were, on average, 30-40% lower than in healthy controls.

In addition, those with lower levels had a higher symptom load than those with more normal levels.

Researchers believe low carnitine levels could be the result of high omega-6 fatty acids, which previous studies have identified in people with chronic fatigue syndrome. They conclude that carnitine supplementation combined with omega-3 supplementation (which can lower omega-6 levels) may bring some relief from symptoms.

• Learn more: Carnitine for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Do you take carnitine and omega-3 supplements? Have they helped you? Leave your comments below!

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