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L-carnitine and EGCG Safe for Diabetics?

I just want to know how safe L-carnitine and EGCG is for diabetics especially type 2? There’s a beverage drink out in the market, Envidia, a product of URC. It has 300mg L-carnitine, EGCG. And it is sugar free.

Envidia green tea drink is a novel alternative to other sugar free diet drinks, and contains only 10 calories. It has carnitine, which is derived from amino acid (the building block of protein), found in nearly all cells of the body. Most healthy people do not need to supplement with carnitine since the liver and kidneys make enough to meet daily needs. However, some studies suggest intravenous L-carnitine may improve insulin action in diabetes by reducing fat levels in muscle. Oral L-carnitine at doses of 3 grams per day for a year has also been found to help relieve nerve pain and improve sensation in people with diabetic nerve damage. At these high doses, though, carnitine supplements may cause nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and a “fishy” body odor.

Envidia also has EGCG which stands for epigallocatechin-3-gallate, the main antioxidant in tea, said to be over 100 times more potent than vitamin C. Lab studies suggest that EGCG, may protect against heart disease and aid insulin activity and blood sugar control. However, some small clinical trials with EGCG and green tea in people with diabetes have not shown such effects.

One must remember that antioxidant levels in commercial tea go down with time. Even sealed green tea bags may contain over 30 percent lower antioxidant levels after 6 months of storage. Prepared tea drinks contain antioxidant levels close to zero. To maximize antioxidant benefits, take tea freshly brewed instead. Envidia also contains 85 mg of sodium, more than double the sodium content of most diet softdrinks. Too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure and fluid retention.

Overall, moderate amounts of green tea is safe for most adults. Green tea has caffeine though, which can cause insomnia, anxiety, or irritability. It also contains some vitamin K, which can make blood-thinning drugs, such as warfarin, less effective.

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