ALCAR stands for Acetylated L-Carnitine, which is the combination of the amino acid L-Carnitine with an acetyl group. In the brain, this acetyl group combines with another compound called Choline to form the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine, which is responsible for alertness and other neurological functions in the nervous system.
Sometimes referred to as “the learning neurotransmitter,” Acetylcholine is largely responsible for learning, memory, and cognitive function.
In addition, ALCAR also safeguards the brain from damage by strengthening the protective myelin sheath that surrounds the nerves in the brain. This is a sheath of fat that helps with neural conduction and nerve protection. Weakening or damage to the myelin sheath has a severe adverse effect on vision, hearing, balance, coordination, and general brain function. Because of its potent antioxidant properties, ALCAR can even act as a neuroprotectant, repairing damage caused by free radicals that scavenge and damage brain cells. ALCAR improves the neural network by strengthening nerves and signal receptors and thus been shown to protect the brain against the harmful effects of drinking alcohol.