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What should seniors know before using carnitine?

Seniors should consult a health-care provider before using a carnitine supplement. Although it's generally safe, it may cause side effects like stomach cramps and diarrhea.

This substance, which the body naturally produces from amino acids, helps convert fat into energy. Research suggests that carnitine may be beneficial for heart patients. Some preliminary studies suggest that carnitine may also help prevent age-related fatigue and improve mental function, which may be why some seniors are interested in it. But there's not enough evidence to support the use of carnitine.

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