I should probably begin by stating that L-Carnitine is a naturally occuring non-essential amino acid that is sythesized through two essential amino acids called lysine and methionine. Non-essential amino acids are non-essential because our body has the ability to acquire them through the essential aminos. Essential amino acids need to be attained through our diets.
There are two types of Carnitine. L-Carnitine, and Acetyl L-Carnitine. For fertility purposes, using L-Carnitine is adequate and a bit more cost effective. Acetyl L-Carnitine does everything that L-Carnitine does, but has the extra bonus of being helpful for the neurological system by improving brain function, for that you’ll pay a bit more, and that’s something you won’t need to worry about for fertility purposes.
L-Carnitine’s Role in Fertility
Generally speaking L-Carnitine functions by trasporting fatty acids into the mitochondria. The mitochondria is an inherent member of each cell of our body. It is responsible for creating energy within the cell so that the cell can carry out it functions. It is this particular characteristic of L-Carnitine that makes it helpful for fertility.
As we age,the process mentioned above decreases within us, giving L-Carnitine a valuable role in fertility enhancement among women of advanced maternal age. Without strong mitochondrial function within our cells. less energy will be created. Remember, the mitochondria of the cell is the metobolic powerhouse that creates energy throughout our entire body. This is the very same energy that fuels our reproductive capabilities.
Enhance L-Carnitine’s Function With CoQ10
You can enhance the function of this amino acid by including CoQ10 in your supplementation as well. It does the very same type of function as the Carnitine. This is another nutrient we have big losses of as we age. Using these two nutrients together to gain an edge on age related infertility will be of great benefit to any woman in need of boosting her fertility.
When I implemented the use of this amino acid myself I noticed shorter menstrual cycles, instead of the notorius longer ones that seem to take hold as we ladies age, as well as just more regularity with regard to how long my cycles occurred in between each other.
It’s also worth mentioning that supplementing with L-Carnitine as well as CoQ10 has shown to be very helpful to those women undergoing assisted reproductive procedures to achieve pregnancy, by improving ovarian response to fertility drugs. As I researched this nutrient I found many accounts of reproductive endocronologists implementing the use of these supplements when having their patients undergo fertility treatments
You won’t have any fireworks going off or any big symptoms letting you know that this stuff is working like you would a pharmaceutical drug, but rest assured that it’s doing it’s job to contribute to your overall reproductive health, giving you an added edge combating age related infertility. Something we women of advanced maternal age need, right? Every advantage adds up, and little by little you’ll see your cycles starting to take on a healthier, more regular pattern.
When taking this supplement, make sure it is taken on an empty stomach, either a half an hour before meals, or 3 hours after meals for best nutritional uptake and absorption.
Keep in mind that ovulation is a 3 month long process, so you’ll need to exercise patience with regard to achieving your much desired pregnancy, but the wait will pay off, especially if you end up with a positive pregnancy test!