Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Carnitine and Cancer fatigue

There is a new study out about Carnitine. If you have fatigue during cancer treatment, you might be deficient in carnitine. Still we always recommend working with a professional to help sort out the deficiencies in your body rather than throwing nutrients based on a new study.

Here is a link to the webpage from NIH

Carnitine: What is it?
Carnitine, derived from an amino acid, is found in nearly all cells of the body. Its name is derived from the Latin carnus or flesh, as the compound was isolated from meat. Carnitine is the generic term for a number of compounds that include L-carnitine, acetyl-L-carnitine, and propionyl-L-carnitine [1-2].

Fatigue resulting from chemotherapy, radiation treatment, and poor nutritional status is common in cancer patients [23]. They may also be deficient in carnitine [23]. In one study, treatment with carnitine supplements (4 grams/day for one week) ameliorated fatigue in most chemotherapy-treated subjects and restored normal blood levels of carnitine [24]. In another trial, terminal cancer patients supplemented with carnitine (doses ranged from 250 milligrams to 3 grams/day) experienced less fatigue and improved mood and quality of sleep [23]. In both studies, most subjects were carnitine deficient before taking the supplements.