A naturally occurring nutrient
in the body, acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC) transports fats into the
mitochondria. It occurs in many common foods, including milk.
Studies have shown that ALC may help protect the brain by nourishing
NMDA-sensitive glutamate receptors, which normally decline with
age. ALC has also been shown to help prevent the formation of
lipofuscin, a potassium age pigment, and to increase cerebral
ALC's anti-aging benefits may include brain protection from signs
of aging, improved memory with long-term use, increased attention
and vitality, and protection and treatment of senile dementia.
Human clinical trials have explored its efficacy, especially
in Italy, where it is used to treat age-related mental debilitation
and Alzheimer's disease.
Pharmacology: Chemical Name: (3-Carboxy-2-hydroxypropyl) trimethyl-ammonium
acetate (ester) chloride. Molecular Formula: C(9)H(17)NO(4), HCL
Molecular Weight: 239.7 CAS Registry: 5080-50-2.
Side Effects and Contraindications: Side effects may include
nausea, headache, dizziness, or vomiting when beginning treatment,
or at higher dosages.
Distribution: ALC is distributed in 250mg and 500mg tablets,
and sometimes in oral liquid form. Pharmaceutical trade name preparations
include Branigen, Ceredor, Nicetile, Normobren and Zibren.
Notes: With no known contraindications and very few side effects
under 1500mg per day, ALC is a noted smart drug with purported
to Anti-Aging Medicine Index