I’ve just read a fascinating study about a substance called L-carnitine and it’s effect on uric acid.

The study is not concerned with gout, but anything related to uric acid interests me. This particular study looks at how uric acid rises after strenuous exercise. The fact that exertion raises uric acid is the reason why I recommend gentle exercise for gout sufferers – exercise is important to aid mobility and help weight loss, but too much can have a bad effect.


L-carnitine is currently being promoted widely as an anti-aging / anti-dementia supplement. It is produced naturally in the body if sufficient lysine (an amino acid found in protein), vitamins B1, B6 and iron is available. It is available from diet – mainly muscle and organ meat, fish and milk products.

The study about uric acid, exercise, and l-carnitine (L-Carnitine L-tartrate supplementation favorably affects markers of recovery from exercise stress) uses a commonly available carnitine supplement LCLT, combining L-carnitine with L-tartrate.

In the study, the subjects took the LCLT supplement for a 6 day rest period prior to starting the exercises. Although the study is mainly concerned with the effects during and after exercise, the volunteers on LCLT displayed lower uric acid levels even during the rest period.

The big question is – will it do any good for gout? If you’ve taken this supplement, please let me know how you got on with it.


  • The most important aspect is if it lowers uric acid or not.

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  • yumik

    Thanks Keith for guiding me towards comments on exercise and gout.I just had an attack and I managed to get rid of it in about 2 days. Drank baking soda and water and took an antacid for a few days.Thinking about starting small doses of Allopurinol.

    I am sure that the wrong diet together with a vigourous workout will trigger gout in my case.I will continue to exercise (gently) at least 2x a week. I do drink beer but only light types and they are supposed to have very little yeast (source of purine).This recovery was rapid and I had 2-3 light beers a day,no problem,so I think I am onto something.(Hopefully)


  • Martin

    I have been using L-Carnitine in drink format when I go to the gym on and off for the last 6 months. I had a really really bad attack of gout last October that immobilised me for about 3 weeks. I then started to lose weight and take Bi-Cabinate of Soda in small amounts to aclaise my body. I also took Bromelain tablets and pure cherry juice. I haven’t had a bad attack since (Almost a year now) but I have had sore toes joints (Knowing that an attack may come) then when I take Bi-Carb stop drinking and take some Bromelain the attack never comes. The L-Carnitine might be doing something but I don’t know because I am taking so much other stuff???? It could be helping because i drink quite a lot and eat lots of “bad” gout foods…

  • I know this is an older post, but you mention “lysine.” I just ordered some Jigsaw Health Vitamin C this morning that has L-Lysine in it. Here is what it states about lysine at their website in the search:

    “An essential amino acid that can’t be produced by the body, and must be obtained through diet. L-lysine deficiency can lead to kidney stones. L-lysine is important for proper growth and plays a vital role in the production of carnitine, a nutrient responsible for converting fatty acids into energy and helping to lower cholesterol. L-lysine also helps the body absorb and conserve calcium and plays an crucial role in the formation of collagen, a substance important for bones, skin, tendons, and cartilage.”

    So I guess in a roundabout way it does help our uric acid, or at least our kidneys and the production of carnitine.

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