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What are some health benefits of l-carnitine?

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L-carnitine improves the red blood cell count in people who have low red blood cell levels caused by hemodialysis treatments for kidney disease, states WebMD. As a supplement, l-carnitine is also effective at preventing a deficiency of it in people who have certain genetic disorders.

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While many athletes and bodybuilders take the supplement to improve athletic ability, it is unlikely that it actually helps, states WebMD. Some people claim that l-carnitine helps burn fat, but this also has insufficient evidence, states Healthline. In fact, taking it as a supplement can lead to harmful side effects, including stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and producing a fishy odor on the body. Taking l-carnitine as a supplement can even increase the risk of developing heart disease.

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