On the Street - New Research Supports Lonza’s Carnipure™ for Vascular Function

A new study provides strong evidence that Carnipure (™) tartate supplement improves vascular function after consuming a high-fat meal. Previous studies suggested that L-carnitine supplementation may result in improved vascular function in humans with endothelial dysfunction. However, no studies directly evaluated the effects of L-carnitine supplementation on vascular function in healthy humans after consuming a high-fat meal. Research conducted by the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut was published in the November 2008 issue of the American Journal of Cardiology. The study demonstrated that supplementation with Carnipure tartrate, a special form of L-carnitine produced by Lonza, improves flow-mediated dilation (FMD) in the brachial artery, after consuming a high-fat meal. Improved FMD corresponds to improved vascular function. High-fat meals are known to be stressors to the vascular endothelium, the interior lining of blood vessels. Any impairment made to the vascular endothelium may result in vascular dysfunctions.

L-carnitine is produced by the body and plays a critical role in fat and energy metabolism. It carries long-chain fatty acids, one of the primary energy sources for the body, into the mitochondria, where they are broken down for energy generation. A vast amount of research shows that Carnipure tartrate supplementation may support cardiovascular health. Lonza is the only manufacturer of the Carnipure brand of L-carnitine products. Carnipure products are crystalline, white, water-soluble and heat-stable, making them ideal for use in various food and drink applications. Carnipure tartrate is non-hygroscopic, odorless, has a pleasant citrus taste and excellent flowability. Lonza Ltd., Basel, Switzerland, www.lonza.com, www.carnipure.com or www.carnipure-for-you.com  From the March 30, 2009, Prepared Foods E-dition