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2011-12-22

L-Carnitine May Reduce Inflammation in Hemodialysis Patients

Ok, so this is the fourth and last post in my L-carnitine binge, that commemorates this amino acid finally being legal for sale OTC in Canada.

In this study, researchers evaluated the effects of L-carnitine supplementation on lipid parameters, apoproteins and inflammatory and nutritional markers in maintenance hemodialysis (MHD) patients. Patients with end-stage renal disease on MHD for a period of 2 to 5 years were divided into 2 groups: the carnitine group received 1 g supplementation intravenously three times a week after each hemodialysis session, and the control group received no supplementation with L-carnitine. Highly sensitive C-reactive protein (hsCRP), total protein, albumin, lipid profile and apoprotein AI and B were determined at baseline and at the end of the study.

A significant decrease in the hsCRP levels was observed in the carnitine-supplemented group, which suggests that L-carnitine supplementation may reduce inflammation in MHD patients.

Source: The effect of L-Carnitine supplementation on lipid parameters, inflammatory and nutritional markers in maintenance hemodialysis patients (full-text)

This is also my last post before I take time off for the holidays. So I'll leave you with this video a friend sent...

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