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Propionyl-L-carnitine is a chemical. It is made in the body. Propionyl-L-carnitine is related to two other compounds called L-carnitine and acetyl-L-carnitine.
Propionyl-L-carnitine is commonly used for treating leg pain (intermittent claudication) due to poor blood circulation (peripheral vascular disease, PVD). PVD is often caused by diabetes or “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis). Propionyl-L-carnitine is also used to treat congestive heart failure (CHF), chest pain (angina), and some bowel problems such as ulcerative colitis. A specific kind of propionyl-L-carnitine, called glycine propionyl-L-carnitine, is often used to improve athletic ability. There is limited scientific research that supports taking propionyl-L-carnitine by mouth for other uses..Glycine Propionyl-L-Carnitine powder
Healthcare providers may give propionyl-L-carnitine with a needle into the vein (by IV) for treating PVD and intermittent claudication; to improve wound healing in people with PVD; and to treat heart disease, including congestive heart failure, and chest pain (angina).
How does it work?
Propionyl-L-carnitine helps the body produce energy. It is important for heart function, muscle movement, and many other body processes. It also seems to help increase circulation.