The names it goes by:
It is the only Universal Antioxidant known today.
It’s been labeled as universal, due to its versatility to be able to operate in both fat and water soluble parts of the cells, and its ability to regenerate/recycle its own kind.
It recycles - all in the Antioxidant Network :
Fat or Water Soluble Antioxidant:
Other functions besides being an antioxidant:
Alpha Lipoic Acid is found in both plants and animals.
Our body produces it. However, it is believed that its production declines with age.
Alpha Lipoic Acid gets sulfur compound from:
Deficiencies in these sulfur compounds can reduce the body's ability to manufacture this awesome antioxidant.
Examples of food sources:
Although we can obtain Alpha Lipoic Acid from foods, it is of very small amounts. For example, it takes 10 tons of beef liver to produce 30 mg of Alpha Lipoic Acid and 7 pounds of spinach to produce 1 mg.
Examples of the health benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid:
The damage caused by stroke is not so much the blockage itself but the when the blockage is cleared. The blockage causes ischemia (deprivation of oxygen) and when the blockage is cleared (and is oxygen restored), creates a proliferation of free radicals, which cause cells damage.
In Russia, Alpha Lipoic Acid is used on stroke victims for recovery.
Cataracts are caused by free radicals damaging the proteins part of the lens. Exposure to sunlight promotes the free radicals that cause these damages. Alpha Lipoic Acid generates the production of another antioxidant, Glutathione, which prevents cataracts and repairs the damages caused by these free radicals.
Toxic metals are free radicals. Alpha Lipoic Acid binds with these toxic metals and neutralizes them.
Free radicals attack the Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL cholesterol) and cause LDL to form plague. Accumulation of these plagues will increase the risks of stroke. Alpha Lipoic Acid counters these free radicals.
Alpha Lipoic Acid helps control blood sugar as well as repairs damages related to diabetes, such as peripheral nerve damage caused by glycation (sugar reaction with protein, such as collagen and eyes lens).
In Europe, Alpha Lipoic Acid is used to treat diabetes.
One of the causes of peripheral nerve damage (whether from diabetes or other diseases) is by AGE products. AGE products are the result of protein reacting with (excessive) sugar in the blood. This reaction creates these AGE products, which are free radicals. Alpha Lipoic Acid repairs these damages caused to the nerve cells.
Heart can also suffer from ischemia (oxygen deprivation caused by blockage and which is followed by damages caused by free radicals once the blockage is cleared). Alpha Lipoic Acid repairs these damages.
Genes has to be activated. Both free radicals and a type of protein can turn on bad genes. To make matters worse, free radicals additionally can also activate/over stimulate this protein; causing more bad genes to be activated. Alpha Lipoic Acid can control both this protein and the free radicals.
Alpha Lipoic Acid helps bolsters the T-helpers cells, which is the first line of defense in of the immune system.
It is still not certain how Alpha Lipoic Acid aids the recovery from radiation. It could be that Alpha Lipoic Acid itself prevents severe damages or that it regenerates Glutathione antioxidant, or possibly both factors are involved.
In Russia, after the Chernobyl incident, children who were treated with Alpha Lipoic Acid, showed a fall in their blood peroxidation level; their kidney and liver functions were also normalized.
Combined with amino acid L-carnitine, which improves the delivery of Alpha Lipoic Acid into the cells, ALA rejuvenates the mitochondria (energy production center) of the cells. This improves the production of energy.
The brain tissues have very high levels of mitochondria. Production of energy releases free radicals as a by-product. Hence, inadvertently, the brain is exposed to these high levels of free radicals. Alpha Lipoic Acid and all the other antioxidants help to neutralize these free radicals. And, by being fat soluble, it can function best in the brain area, which is rich in fatty acids.
While studies has shown that it can neutralize toxic metal poisoning, studies also shown that too much Alpha Lipoic Acid taken to neutralize heavy metal toxicity, could potentially shift the toxicity to the brains where it has more fat contents.
However, it does not take away its effect of neutralizing toxic metal poisoning. The safer way to do so is to consume in smaller amounts, more frequently over a longer period of time, until such time that the body/brain can cope with the level of metal toxicity, then consider taking the normal recommended dosage.
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