Acetyl-L-Carnitine or ALCAR is a naturally occurring compound made in the body and available as a supplement. L-carnitine transports fatty acids to the mitochondria for breakdown and is also known to have an important role in glucose metabolism. ALCAR has been studied as a supplement in many diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, neurodegenerative disorder and Friedreich’s ataxia. Early studies showed that the drug was well tolerated and that there were some modest objective benefits.
No further studies have been conducted until now. Dr. Theresa Zesiewicz at the University of South Florida has initiated a long term open label study of ALCAR examining cardiac and neurological measures in adults with FA. This study is open for enrollment. For more information and coordinator contact info, see the study ad: http:///_pdf/Acetyl-L- .
Proceeds from the FARA Energy Ball are funding this study.
For more information on this study go to - http:///ct2/show/NCT01921868