Study title and authors:
The "big heart" of carnitine
Gesuete V, Ragni L, Picchio FM.
U.O. di Cardiologia Pediatrica e dell'Età Evolutiva, Università degli Studi, Bologna. firstname.lastname@example.org
This paper can be accessed at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21348188
Gesuete notes that:
(i) fat is the primary energy source for heart muscle.
(ii) carnitine is essential for the heart and even partial deficiency could lead to organ dysfunction.
(iii) carnitine deficiency in children may lead to heart muscle disease.
Investigations showed the child had an enlarged heart and decreased heart function. Tests revealed a deficiency in carnitine.
She was treated with L-carnitine and her heart function clearly and rapidly improved while on treatment.
Meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products are the richest sources of L-carnitine, while fruits, vegetables, and grains contain relatively little L-carnitine.
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Recipe of the day
Chicken Lettuce Wraps
◦3 T oil of your choice
|Food Mall: Ground Chicken|
◦2 green onions, finely chopped
◦handful of cilantro, chopped
◦1 lemon, juiced
◦1/4 c fermented soy sauce
◦1 t chili garlic sauce
◦iceberg or bibb lettuce
◦1 avocado, sliced
Heat a saute pan with 2 T oil. Cut the chicken into the smallest pieces possible and add the pan. Don’t worry about overcrowding the pan, the chicken doesn’t need to brown, just cook it until it’s done all the way through.
While the chicken is cooking, add the lemon juice, chili sauce, fermented soy sauce, green onions and cilantro into a serving bowl.
Once the chicken is done, add it the bowl.
Add a few more glugs of oil to the saute pan and toss in the mushrooms, onion and garlic. Saute until golden, about 10 minutes. Add to the bowl. Toss everything around to coat.
Remove the stem of your lettuce head with a knife (if you’re using iceberg, slice the head in 1/2, lengthwise). Peel the lettuce into individual “cups” and wash.
Pile the chicken into your lettuce cups and top with avocado.