In 2007, Foitzik et al. demonstrated that L-carnitine-L-tartrate promotes human hair growth, suggesting that L-carnitine stimulates hair scalp growth by up regulation of proliferation and down-regulation of apoptosis in follicular cells.
Carnitine is a quaternary ammonium compound primarily responsible for transporting fatty acids throughout cells when lipids are broken down for energy consumption. For this reason, carnitine plays a vital role in the metabolism of many substances. Also a powerful anti-oxidant, carnitine has been used to treat a variety conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. The biologically active form of carnitine is commonly referred to as L-carnitine.
Both L-carnitine and L-carnitine-L-tartrate are produced by the body. Meat (especially lamb) is a major dietary source of these compounds, which explains why some vegans are deficient in carnitine. Such deficiencies are dangerous because L-carnitine burns fat that is used by the muscular and nervous systems to function properly.
Dr. Whitfield answers your questions.
Question: Dear Tom, I am not familiar with L-carnitine. What particular benefit does it bring to the TRX2 formula? Does it provide a noticeable difference? How is it related to potassium channels/hair growth?
Appreciate all your efforts & amazing research in the battle against hair loss,
Frank T .
Answer: L-carnitine stimulates energy production and cardiolipin synthesis within the cell membranes of hair follicles. It transports nutrients to dysfunctional potassium channels and helps to restore functionality. See nearby article for details on the structural and biochemical advantages of L-carnitine and how it relates to potassium, BCAA and nicotinic acid, which are the main ingredients contained in the TRX2® Molecular Hair Growth Supplement.
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Thomas F.A. Whitfield, DPhil, is an internationally recognized expert on potassium ion channels, former scientist of the University of Oxford’s Department of Biochemistry and member of TRX2®’s Scientific Advisory Board.