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Carnitine/Nutrient Depletion:
  • GlucoseGlucose: In rats, treatment with L-carnitine reduced plasma glucose (105). In healthy volunteers, carnitine was able to reduce the increase in plasma glucose levels induced by glucose infusion (124). Decreased glucose was noted in diabetic individuals given L-carnitine (6).
  • LipidsLipids: Carnitine was reported to reduce the level of serum triglycerides in patients with hyperlipidemia (129; 130). Decreased triglycerides were also found in infants (102; 115) and other populations (9; 11; 131; 20; 132; 123). Decreased cholesterol has been noted (9; 133; 131; 20). Decreased total cholesterol to HDL cholesterol ratio has been noted (134; 135). Use of a new lipid emulsion containing carnitine, in infants, resulted in a decrease in DHA and arachidonic acid (AA) (113). A decrease in free fatty acids has been noted in patients with coronary artery disease and in top athletes (122; 123).
  • PhosphorousPhosphorous: A slight decrease has been noted in hemodialysis patients (120).

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