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Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)
ALA is a very powerful and very significant anti-aging supplement.
For anti-oxidants to do their work - neutralizing the harmful effects of free-radicals - they must take the fight to the neighborhood where free-radicals breed and thrive. This means in and around the energy-generating powerhouse - the mitochondria.*
ALA is manufactured in small amounts in the body, but it declines dramatically as we age - when we need it more! ALA can cross the blood brain barrier and gain entry into the brain cells and its mitochondria where it protects the delicate fats from oxidizing and becoming rancid.
Some anti-oxidants cannot get to the mitochondria. For example, Vitamin C and Beta-Carotene can dissolve in water but are repelled by oil and fat. Others, such as CoQ10, can dissolve in oil and fat but not in water. Alpha Lipoic Acid dissolves in either water, fat or oil, which gives it a major advantage over other anti-oxidants in getting to where the free-radicals live.
Why, you ask? The outside surface of every cell or every mitochondrion or intracellular compartment in the body is a fatty membrane or shell that encloses the watery interior of the cell. Because oil and water do not mix, it is difficult for the fat-soluble antioxidants to move around in the watery portion and for the water-soluble antioxidants to get through the fatty cell membrane. Alpha Lipoic Acid is a "switch hitter" that can easily navigate through both the fatty outer layer and the watery inner portion of the cell. ALA can even take its free-radical quenching power straight through to the mitochondria, where most of the free radicals arise.
There are few good food sources for ALA. We would have to eat 7 pounds of spinach (Yikes, Mom!!) to get just 1 milligram of ALA! The miracles of modern technology come to the rescue with good nutritional supplements.
ALA is the only antioxidant that can boost the level of glutathione, a cellular tripeptide antioxidant of tremendous importance. For an in depth look at Glutathione click here.
Recommended dosage 50-300 milligrams of ALA per day.
*For more information visit
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine/NIH
CCAM Health Information
Clinical Trials at NCCAM/NIH
Joseph Mallord William Turner
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