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The Nutrient that Burns Fat and Boosts Energy

By Michelle Schoffro Cook
6/1/2013 8:16:21 AM

Your body is the ultimate alchemist. With the help of a single powerful nutrient, it can burn fat to create energy. I know it sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, but after conducting extensive research for my new book 60 Seconds to Slim, I found that this miracle nutrient actually burns fat while giving people more energy. Carnitine is the powerful nutrient that transports fat to your cells' energy centers to burn it for energy.

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Most people only get about 50 mg of carnitine in their daily diet but this is not enough for optimal health and it is insufficient to cause weight loss. The body can make this important nutrient from other nutrients we consume like lysine, methionine, vitamin C, iron, niacin, and vitamin B6, so it's technically not an essential nutrient; however, a deficiency in any of these nutrients can cause a deficiency in carnitine, which may explain why carnitine deficiency is quite common. Some of the symptoms of a carnitine deficiency include: being overweight, having fatigue, heart problems, and high levels of triglycerides.

In a recent study, participants were divided into two groups: those that ate healthy and exercised moderately in one group and those that ate healthy, exercised moderately, and supplemented with two grams of carnitine daily. The results were astounding. Those who supplemented with carnitine lost an average of 11 pounds while the former group lost only 1 pound in 12 weeks.

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