What does the 'L' in front of supplement names mean?
- 05-10-2009, 01:16 PM
- 05-10-2009, 02:54 PM
- 05-10-2009, 03:00 PM
It has to with how the molecule rotates a plane of polarized light. Counter-clockwise equals Levorotary(L), clockwise equals dextrorotary. These molecules have a chiral center and that is what they are described as rotating about... Your body will react to the two enantiomers differently. One may be more eaisly absorbed, or preferentially used, etc.
05-10-2009, 03:51 PM
What Korben said..
Also- the L- types are more readily absorbed by the human body, afaik
05-10-2009, 06:17 PM
And I'm pretty certain that it's only used to describe Amino Acids. Simply put, if you see L- something, and you don't know what it is, you can assume it's some type of free form amino acid.
05-10-2009, 06:32 PM
05-11-2009, 09:18 AM
05-11-2009, 04:12 PM
interesting looking article will have to read through it later... back to finals...
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