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What is carnitine used for?

Naturally occurring carnitine is used by the body to turn food into energy. Supplemental forms of carnitine also can serve other purposes. Acetyl-L-carnitine is used to help treat and prevent age-related cognitive problems, such as Alzheimer's disease. Other possible conditions for which carnitine may help include: heart problems, male fertility problems, erectile dysfunction, birth defects, such as Down syndrome, and diabetes. Your doctor may recommend you use Acetyl-L-carnitine or another form of carnitine for other reasons as well.

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