L-Carnitine plus Acetyl-L-Carnitine aid fertility in men
L-Carnitine is involved in energy production in the mitochondria: the powerhouse of the cell. L-Carnitine
and Acetyl-L-Carnitine are found in high concentration in the epididymis (the storage area for sperm)
where they act as antioxidants, protecting spermatozoa from free radical damage. In this study 170
infertile men were split into different groups with one group with very low sperm motility receiving
L-Carnitine 1,000mg a day, and Acetyl-L-Carnitine 1,000mg a day for 6 months. The results of the
study shows a significant connection between Carnitine concentration and sperm concentration, total
sperm count, sperm motility, rapid forward progression, live sperm count, membrane function, DNA
health, ability to penetrate cervical mucous, ability to move in a straight direction, and proper
sperm head movement. Carnitine supplementation (L-Carnitine plus Acetyl-L-Carnitine) improved the
live sperm count, health and motility, in infertile men after 6 months. The study is published in
the June 2005 issue of the Alternative Medicine Review.
Commentary by Jerry Hickey, R.Ph.
We recently reported a study where pomegranate polyphenols decreased thickening of the carotid artery
intima- media thickening by up to 30% after one year in patients with carotid artery stenosis
(narrowing) whereas the intima-media of the control group increased by 9% during the same time period.
The study was published in the June 2004 issue of the journal Clinical Nutrition.
Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the incidence of racing heart in pacemaker patients
Fish oil type omega-3 fatty acids have been reported to decrease the incidence of ventricular
arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. The beneficial effects of omega-3 fatty acids on heart
cells and stabilization of the membranes of these cells is well known. In this study researchers
examined 40 patients with atrial tachyarrhythmia recorded at the periodic pacemaker controls.
All patients received omega-3 fatty acids 1 gram per day. At the end of 4 months supplementation
was discontinued and the incidence of arrhythmias was noted. The incidence of tachyarrhythmia
decreased by about 58% with omega-3 fatty acid supplementation with a significantly decreased
burden on the heart. The study is published in the June 2005 issue of Alternative Medicine