L-Carnitine

Read about L-Carnitine benefits and more.

L-Carnitine natural sources

Many foods provide natural sources of L-Carnitine where people can consume it through their everyday diet. Rather than taking supplements, you may get this amino acid from different foods, such as those mentioned below (amount per serving may vary, check nutritional information related to L-Carnitine for more details on this matter). Dairy products and red meats generally contain the greatest concentrations of it.

Apricots
Artichokes
Asparagus
Avocado
Bacon
Bananas
Beans
Beef (steak, ground)
Bee pollen
Brewer's yeast
Broccoli
Brussells sprouts
Buckwheat
Carob
Chicken breast
Cod fish
Cooked rice
Corn
Cottage cheese
Eggs
Garlic
Ice cream
Kale
Legumes
Lentils
Millet
Mustard greens
Oatmeal
Okra
Orange juice
Parsley
Peanut butter and peanuts
Peas
Pork
Rye
Seeds (sunflower, sesame, pumpkin, etc.)
Tempeh
Wheat bran
Wheat germ
White bread
Whole milk
Whole wheat bread


Diets

A vegetarian (or vegan) diet tends to lead to less daily ingestion of L-Carnitine, sometimes as low as 1 mg/day. Those who have a balanced, omnivorous diet often consume anywhere from 20 to 200 mg in a day.

Other sources

Aside from natural food sources and plain supplements, L-Carnitine is also found in items like some energy drinks and over-the-counter vitamins.