Can carnitine help with weight loss?

There's no proof that carnitine can help with weight loss. This naturally occurring compound is often marketed as a slim-down supplement because its role in the body is to help convert fat into energy.

Preliminary research suggests that carnitine can increase muscle mass, lower body fat and fight off fatigue, which may translate into weight loss for some people. Because carnitine can cause side effects like nausea, consult your health-care provider before taking a carnitine supplement.

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