This news about carnitine, TMAO (produced by gut bacteria that metabolize l-carnitine), and thickening of the arteries is everywhere today. Apparently, it is not the saturated fat which is the villain in red meat. Many diets for MS limit the amount of red meat – could this finding be the real mechanism at work? Taking the supplement may not be a good idea either, according to the researcher Dr. Stanley press Hazen.
"For people taking carnitine supplements, Hazen said he's unaware of a compelling study that shows a dramatic benefit from them. And taking the supplement could be influencing a person's long-term risk of heart disease, he suggested."http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/0 ... 37372.html
New health worry in red meat:
"Carnitine typically helps the body transport fatty acids into cells to be used as energy."
I also found the following sentence particularly interesting: "Vegans basically lose their ability to digest carnitine,” said Dr. Hazen.http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/04/0 ... -red-meat/