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The carnitine defense : a nutraceutical formula to prevent and treat heart disease, the nation's #1 killer
DeFelice, Stephen L., 1936-
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Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale Press, [1999]

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xxi, 266 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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RC685.C6 D4235 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Carnitine - an important nutraceutical - increases the body's use of fats as an energy source, preventing fatty build-up in the heart, liver and muscles. It also reduces the health risks posed by poor metabolism. This work examines seven natural substances that can aid the cardiovascular system.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

DeFelice, founder of the Foundation for Innovation in Medicine, which promotes research on natural dietary supplements, argues that diet alone provides insufficient amounts of carnitine, a "protein-like substance" produced in the liver that regulates oxygen flow to the heart. He claims that a certain combination of nutraceuticals, which he calls his Cardiac Elixir, combats the many factors that cause heart disease. The primary ingredient is carnitine, the others vitamins E, B6, B12, folic acid and magnesium. Separate chapters devoted to each supplement explain their value, describe the supporting research and recommend who should take them, where to buy them and how much to take. DeFelice's statement that, in moderation, all alcoholÄbeer, wine or liquorÄis good for cardiac health will undoubtedly raise some eyebrows, as will his argument that fat and cholesterol have been oversold as cardiac villains. Acknowledging that the final word on nutraceuticals is not yet in, DeFelice discusses the evidence for and against other dietary supplements, such as fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, beta-carotene and coenzyme Q10, that may be included in future versions of the Cardiac Elixir. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

A leading advocate of nutraceuticalsÄnatural health supplementsÄon the benefits of carnitine. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.