A few posts back, I expressed my skepticism about a recently published study conducted at the Cleveland Clinic and splashed across the media that purported to show how L-carnitine, found in abundance in red meat, causes heart disease by interacting with gut flora. You can read that post here if you missed it.
Unfortunately for our Ohio “scientists” hoping to ride the Patent Office gravy train to early retirement, a recently published meta-analysis of thirteen studies that followed a combined total of 3,629 patients found that:
“L-carnitine significantly improves cardiac health in patients after a heart attack, say a multicenter team of investigators in a study published today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Their findings, based on analysis of key controlled trials, associate L-carnitine with significant reduction in death from all causes and a highly significant reduction in ventricular arrhythmias and anginal attacks following a heart attack, compared with placebo or control.”
Note that the studies reviewed by this analysis were placebo-controlled trials, and were nothing like the highly odorous fishing expedition conducted at The Cleve. You can read about this meta-analysis here: L-carnitine significantly improves patient outcomes following heart attack.
If anyone out there knows how L-carnitine causes heart disease and prevents it at the same time, be sure to drop me a line. I also have a square peg I’ve been trying to get into a round hole for years now with little success so maybe you could help with that too!