Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A fat buster...

Many of us know Dr. Mehemet Oz, from his frequent appearances on the Oprah Winfrey show and from his own show, "Dr. Oz". He is a great resource for tips on how to improve and maintain your health. In a recent episode, he targeted some ingredients as "Revolutionary Metabolism Boosters" (see the video clip here). Among these five revolutionary metabolism boosters was the ingredient, L-carnitine.

L-carnitine is a dipeptide (shown on the right) comprised of the two amino acids, lysine and methionine. One of the interesting functions of l-carnitine is its integral role in the production of energy in the body. L-carnitine is essential to transporting long-chain fatty acids into the cell's mitochondria. It's in the mitochondria, where the fatty acids take part in oxidative reactions that produce energy in the form of ATP. In order for, fatty acids to enter the mitochondria, they must first be chemically bound to L-carnitine, by forming ester bonds. These compounds, also called ester compounds, are carried into the mitochondria by special mitochondrial transport proteins, where they are broken down into short and medium chain fatty acids. L-carnitine will then bind to these short and medium-chain fatty acids and transfer them out of the mitochondria. All body tissues except brain cells depend upon this function of L-carnitine for energy production. To make matters worse, tissue levels of L-carnitine decline with age, reducing the efficiency with which the mitochondria operates.

So getting back to Dr. Oz, if you are interested in helping your body metabolize or burn fat more efficiently, one of the simple things you can do is supplement with L-carnitine. This fat-burning role is one of the principal reasons that L-carnitine (at a 500 mg dose) is included in our Bios Life E, or as we like to call it, Bios Life Matcha formulation. This synergistic role, with the antioxidants from Matcha, to facilitate fatty acid oxidation in the body makes this a great product for anyone seeking a natural way to help burn fat. Combine Matcha with Slim and you are on your way to a 1-2 combo that will transform your body!

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