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Old 07-09-2009, 03:13 AM   #1
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L-Carnitine lowers bp and heart rate?

Hi,

Today I have taken my first tablet of L-Carnitine, 1 gram, my heart rate and blood pressure was 127/79 with heart rate was 70. After 2 hours it's 125/66 with heart rate 64, is that ok?

I have read that L-Carnitine is a great supplement with no side effects, it's supposed to increase energy and protect my heart. Please I need advice , it's really good to have such a heart rate but I'm talking about the safety of the supplement. I take L-Carnitine L-Tartrate, not the other 2 forms.
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Re: L-Carnitine lowers bp and heart rate?

[QUOTE=cartner;4032817]Hi,


Hi Cartner!
Although L-Carnitine in theory is "safe", according to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (started in 1999 it's truly "comprehensive") L-Carnitine can cause side effects such as seizures, stomach upset, heartburn, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting... It can also cause a "fishy" odor to your breath, sweat and urine.
The database reports that it is effective for increasing red blood cell count in people with serious kidney disease.
Only Possibly Effective for preventing side effects for people on certain seizure meds, and possibly effective for improving symptoms and complications of heart disease and heart failure, and possibly effective for treating male infertility under certain circumstances.
They add that despite manufacturers' claims, there is insufficient Evidence that it helps fatigue, high cholesterol, circulation problems, attention deficit disorder, lyme disease and the list goes on and on.

Caveat emptor!

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P.S. Heart rate of 64 and BP of 125/66 is fine!
P.P.S. I personally would feel queasy about taking any of the myriad of supplements out there, no matter how innocuous they may seem, without at least informing my doc abut it.

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Re: L-Carnitine lowers bp and heart rate?

Thanks for the info but my dr doesn't know anything about supplements, I'm planning to take CoQ10 and Alpha Lipoic Acid too.

 
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