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Who should take carnitine?

Most people produce a sufficient amount of carnitine in their bodies. If you take a medication or have a medical condition that lowers your carnitine levels, you can find additional sources of carnitine in red meat and dairy products. You also can take supplements, such as acetyl-L-carnitine, if you need larger amounts than food can provide. Some conditions that could benefit from supplemental amounts of carnitine include: Alzheimer's disease, heart problems, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, low sperm count and Down syndrome.

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