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#1 Old 01-29-2011, 06:56 AM
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Is Carnitine always from animal by products? Cause i think ive seen a fat burning supplement that stated it was suitable for vegetarians.
Anyone know the best sources for Carnitine in vegetarian foods?
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#2 Old 01-29-2011, 03:06 PM
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According to Wikipedia, things like tempeh, avocados and rice (among others) contain good amounts of L-Carnintine. If you want to supplement it individually, which most people do if they want to see the effects of the amino acid doing it's own cool thing, Solgar's L-Carnintine is made from fermented beet sugar. Haha, take that, liver and kidneys! Beet sugar being fermented just replaced you!

Okay, maybe not but I think it's pretty awesome that yeast fermenting with beet sugar performs one function found in the liver and kidneys!

Also, the idea behind L-Carnintine is that it takes the fat that exists on your body and converts it into energy. This is not a diet claim, this is just what L-Carnintine does. Can you supplement it on its own? Yes, and I recommend doing that because it's way cheaper and you get to know how much you're putting into your body (most companies hide their exact amounts of L-Carnintine, and other ingredients, in a "proprietary blend").

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#3 Old 01-29-2011, 03:22 PM
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I'm actually genetically carnitine deficient and have taken supplements since I was 18 months old. If you're not deficient, your body makes it on its own whether you eat it or not. You don't need to supplement or worry about eating foods that contain it.

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