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21 Aug

Is L-Carnitine the Link between Red Meat and Heart Disease?

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 | Posted By: Dr. Clouatre

A recent article in Nature Medicine (2013) suggests that the nutrient L-carnitine, found in red meat and nutritional supplements, promotes atherosclerosis as a result of enteric bacteria in the gut forming a toxin called trimethylamine (TMA), which is further metabolized to trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO). Two other articles by many of the same authors similarly argue that