Acetyl-L-Carnitine helps to form the memory-boosting neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. Acetylcholine helps with mental alertness and fluid thought.
ALCAR helps fuel mitochondria in the brain. As a nootropic, ALCAR users report a boost in energy and quick thinking.
A common reason to include ALCAR in many nootropic products is its ability to cross the blood-brain barrier. Alcar is said to decrease oxidative damage to the hippocampus, which prevents memory loss.
Carnitine, from acetyl-l-carnitine, might support and protect glutamate receptors from occasional over-excitement. ALCAR may also have a role in brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) production, and improved circulation in the brain.