What is Carnipure?
Carnipure, a key active ingredient in Pro Hypertherm, is a branded form of the well-studied and documented supplement, L-carnitine. It is by no means new, or a fad, and has been popular in weight management supplements around the world since the 1980s. At CNP, we have selected it for its distinction as the highest quality l-carnitine on the market, in its most optimised form.
L-carnitine itself is a non-essential amino-acid-like compound naturally found and produced in the body. Despite this, some individuals are predisposed to not producing sufficient amounts, or may have a diet especially low in sources of additional l-carnitine (often vegans and vegetarians). Supplementation has been shown to have links to; more successful fat loss, increased athletic performance, efficient energy production, fertility and pregnancy and healthy aging. The focus here being its part in dieting.
An essential role of L-carnitine is transporting long-chain fatty acids across the mitochondrial membrane. The free fatty acids can then be broken down for fuel, increasing fat metabolism (lipolysis) and allowing more efficient oxidation and utilisation of fat as a way to generate ATP for energy. More available energy means longer, more intense workouts. The combination of fat breakdown and more calories being burned during high intensity sessions can assist in reaching weight (specifically fat) loss goals.
Most dieters are looking to maintain as much lean (muscle) mass as possible while in a caloric deficit. Another credit to l-carnitine as a dieting supplement is that studies have shown it will not lead to increased breakdown of muscle. Wutzke and Lorenz (2004) investigated the effect of l-carnitine on body composition, concluding that increased dietary fat oxidation [in slightly overweight subjects] was not accompanied by protein catabolism. * We would suggest also keeping protein high and aiming to maintain, if not increase, strength and gym performance throughout a cut to further ensure that your hard work does not go to waste.
How to take it?
A 500mg dose of carnipure is provided in a serving of Pro Hypertherm, meaning that the suggested 2 servings a day will give 1000mg. This is an optimal dose, especially in synergy with the other active ingredients, to really reap the rewards.
It has been suggested that L-carnitine uptake is better with insulin, therefore should ideally be consumed with carbs. The first serving is to be taken upon waking, potentially with an oats and diet whey meal or similar. The second is suggested pre-workout on training days, this can easily be integrated into your peri-workout nutrition routine, while still allowing you to continue to follow a calorie and carb restricted diet towards your goals.
One 2011 study by Wall et al* actually found that subjects taking L-carnitine along with additional calories from vitargo gained no additional body fat, despite group taking the carbs without L-carnitine gaining an additional 5lbs!
Carnipure is just one of several ingredients featuring in our concentrated high-performance weight management formula, Pro Hypertherm, which can assist in supporting and encouraging healthy fat metabolism when combined with a calorie-controlled diet and exercise programme.
Famed as a fat burner, but associated with a whole host of health benefits, Carnipure is an excellent addition to your supplement routine!
*Wall, B. T., Stephens, F. B., Constantin‐Teodosiu, D., Marimuthu, K., Macdonald, I. A., & Greenhaff, P. L. (2011). Chronic oral ingestion of l‐carnitine and carbohydrate increases muscle carnitine content and alters muscle fuel metabolism during exercise in humans. The Journal of physiology, 589(4), 963-973.
*Wutzke, K. and Lorenz, H. (2004). The effect of l-carnitine on fat oxidation, protein turnover, and body composition in slightly overweight subjects. Metabolism, 53(8), pp.1002-1006.