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If I am pregnant, is it safe to use carnitine?

Pregnant women should not use carnitine, an amino acid that's used for many different purposes, including enhancing sports performance (there's no proof that it works) and improving some heart conditions (for which there's some evidence it may be helpful). However, since there's not enough research proving that the compound is safe during pregnancy, women who are expecting should steer clear of it. If you have a carnitine deficiency, speak with your doctor about treatment options.

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