What does the 'L' in front of supplement names mean?
- 05-10-2009, 02:16 PM
- 05-10-2009, 03:54 PM
- 05-10-2009, 04:00 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, 04:51 PM
05-10-2009, 07:17 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, 07:32 PM
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