30 Years of Research

30yrs-newLonza has conducted several human studies in collaboration with universities and research centers around the world to study the benefits of Carnipure® L-Carnitine in human nutrition. Since L-Carnitine has a central role in metabolism, the Carnipure® ingredient has been shown to be beneficial for many areas of health.

Recently, Lonza celebrated its 30th anniversary of Carnipure® L-Carnitine, which has relied on continued scientific support as the foundation for success. Decades of scientific analysis and discovery, backed by a dedication to technical and sales support, have established an environment that drives consumer awareness and usage today. These efforts have helped establish Carnipure® L-Carnitine as a leading sports nutrition and weight management ingredient across the globe.

Lonza’s history with the Carnipure® ingredient started in 1985. At that time, the role of L-Carnitine in metabolism had already been established. The need for adding L-Carnitine to infant formula had been proposed, especially in soy-based formulas, which do not contain natural L-Carnitine. In the late 1990s, Lonza began investing strategically in human clinical trials by developing new applications. Partnering with researchers from the University of Connecticut (USA) and using Carnipure® tartrate resulted in new insights into L-Carnitine’s role in exercise recovery. Between 2001 and 2010, this group in collaboration with Lonza published nine peer-reviewed scientific articles providing evidence that Carnipure® supplementation can decrease markers of oxidative stress not only in healthy males of student age, but also in males and females of the baby boomer generation.

Due to its exemplary application flexibility, Carnipure® L-Carnitine provides beneficial support across multiple product categories. It was first utilized as an essential ingredient in infant nutrition. As the science progressed, it was incorporated into dietary supplements and later into functional foods and beverages. Improved food technology has allowed L-Carnitine to mature and secure a strong position in the areas of energy metabolism, sports nutrition, weight management, infant nutrition, animal feed and pet care.