Treat Type-2 Diabetes Naturally with This Amino Acid Supplement

It sounds almost too good to be true, but for those enjoying advanced years and for patients with type 2 diabetes, this amino acid supplement is a serious multi-tasker.

I’ve told you before about studies that reveal these remarkable l-carnitine benefits:

* Improves physical and mental fatigue

* Helps maintain muscle strength

* Raises levels of enzymes needed to metabolize carbohydrates

* Delivers omega-3 fatty acids to cell mitochondria

* Sharpens cognitive function

* Helps protect cells from damage – especially heart cells

And now, new evidence reveals four more ways l-carnitine improves heart health for type 2 diabetics.

Smoothing out oxidative stress

Recent research is finally catching up with the work of the late Dr. Brian Leibovitz who wrote the first book on l-carnitine more than 20 years ago.

I think Dr. Leibovitz would be very happy about this new study from Italy, just published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The Italian team recruited 81 type 2 diabetics who were randomly divided into two groups to receive either two grams of l-carnitine daily or a placebo for three months. The objective: To assess the effects of l-carnitine on oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Type 2 diabetes patients are known to suffer from high oxidative stress, which is the true culprit of cholesterol’s link to heart disease.


* Decrease in oxidized LDL levels was five times greater in the l-carnitine group compared to placebo

* Decrease in LDL levels was significantly greater in the l-carnitine group

* General oxidative stress was considerably lowered in the l-carnitine group

* Triclyceride levels were also lowered in the l-carnitine group

The good and the bad…

The good news: Your body produces a natural supply of l-carnitine.

The bad news: That supply decreases as we age.

The good news: L-carnitine levels can be enhanced by dietary sources such as meat, chicken, fish, and dairy products.

The bad news: Your body only absorbs about a quarter of l-carnitine supplied by food.

So – if you talk to your doctor and you decide that an l-carnitine supplement might be beneficial, keep this tip in mind from HSI Panelist Allan Spreen, M.D.: Don’t take l- carnitine (or any other amino compound supplement) with a high-protein meal.

Dr. Spreen: "There are a limited number of receptors for protein substances (protein foods are composed of amino acids), so the supplement you paid good money for will be ‘diluted’ by the presence of other proteinaceous substances in the digestive neighborhood. That is not true of most other supplements, which should be taken with food."


"L-Carnitine Supplementation Reduces Oxidized LDL Cholesterol in Patients with Diabetes" American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 89, No. 1, 1/1/09,

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  1. jjtakala says

    My type two diabetes is undercontrol and I take nothing at all!

    I also do not eat any foods including margarine, that contain any artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors or preservatives.

    The FDA released a document that states Azo dyes are **acutely toxic by any means of delivery. And that they inactivate enzymes produced in our bodies.

    Enzymes like Insulin, or those that break down fats (contributing to the obesity epidemic) in our foods.

    When those enzymes are inactivated they dont break down the sugars we eat.

    Many foods, beverages that contain HFCS 55 are 55% fructose and 45% glucose, baked goods, HFCS 42, 42% fructose and 58% glucose.

    When the enzyme (insulin) is inactivated the absorbtion of the high levels of glucose in those foods and beverages is increased and is stored with fats and is not purged from your body as waste.

    Thus creating the type two diabetes epidemic we see in America today!

    **Acutely toxic by any means of delivery.

    Foods, drugs, cosmetics, toiletries, and even clothing.
    All products that contain the azo dyes can inactivate the enzymes produced in your body.

  2. portianl says

    At 35 I was diagnosed with Hypertension, and placed on medication. the it was migraine and placed on Fiorinal then Fioricet, Then at 52 , I was diagnosed with Non insulin diabetes, Osteoporosis and diverticulitis. I substituted the blood pressure medication for an natural substitute when I started to feel gurgling in my heart. I came off the Actonel as it caused me severe pain in my long bones of the leg. I stopped taking the Metformin and took cinnamon and blood glucose formula, All these efforts have helped me to stay in good health.I would like to not have to take anything at all. Any Cures in sight. My gut is telling me that my immune system underwent an assault when I moved to the US and started a different dietary regimen. I take COQ10, Curamin (for herniated discs x 4) and alpha lipoic acid capsules. It gets tiring taking so many pills.

  3. Alice WessendorfAlice Wessendorf says

    Hi javed,

    Thanks for your comment.

    Azo dyes are synthetic colors that do not occur naturally. They make up somewhere between 60-70% of the dyes used in food and textile manufacturing.

    The azo dyes used in foods fall into the red-yellow range and include:

    **Sunset yellow (E110) is found in some candy, soups, yogurt, and jams.

    **Ponceau 4R (E124) is found in some salami, canned fruitsm and jellies (red dye).

    **Allura red (E129) is found in some soft drinks

    **Quinoline yellow (E104) is found in some smoked fish and ice cream.

    **Carmoisine (E122) is found in some sauces, powdered soups, and yogurts (red dye).

    **Tartrazine (E102) is found in some sweets, cakes, yogurts, and fruit drinks (yellow dye).

    Tatrazine has been shown to cause allergic reactions in some people. The FDA requires any prescription meds that contain the dye to post a notice if they use it..

    Much controversy surrounds the dyes with some experts claiming that they may cause…or aggravate…behavior issues or hyperactivity in children. And there is a lot of anecdotal evidence, dating back to the 80’s, that they may be related to other health problems.

    Hope that info helps!

    If any of our other readers have more information abot Azo dyes that they can share with javed and the rest of us please post them here in the comments.

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