Antioxidants are powerful age-defying tools. They can protect against disease and promote good health. But most antioxidants don’t work effectively. That’s because they burn out. But, according to THB medical expert Dr. Jonny Boden, there is one antioxidant that doesn’t lose its potency.
Dr. Lester Packer is a 40-year senior researcher at the University of California. He says this super compound is, “probably the most potent naturally occurring antioxidant known to man.”
Tests have shown that this all-in-one age-defying supplement will strengthen your health. It can protect your liver, boost your brain power, and help you balance your blood sugars.
Antioxidants Offer Anti-Aging Benefits
Antioxidants protect cells and DNA from the damage done by rogue molecules called “free radicals.” This harm called oxidative damage is linked to almost all degenerative diseases. Those diseases range from cancer to Alzheimer’s.
According to Dr. Bowden, oxidative damage ages us on the cellular level. That’s why we needed antioxidants. Antioxidants reverse this damage and are powerful allies against disease and aging.
Some antioxidants are water soluble (such as vitamin C)… others are fat soluble (such as vitamin E). However, one super antioxidant known as alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is extraordinary. It is soluble in both water and fat and can go anywhere, including “intracellular and extracellular environments” alike.
Usually, when antioxidants have scavenged free radicals, they “burn out.” They’ve exhausted their power combating oxidative damage.
According to Dr. Bowden, ALA offers a “rest and recuperation station for these exhausted sentries, refueling and rearming them for battle. It literally regenerates vitamin C, vitamin E and coenzyme Q10: turbo charging their antioxidant power while providing additional antioxidant firepower of its own.”
The Power of Alpha Lipoic
Alpha-lipoic acid was discovered half a century ago. It is critical to our health because it also regenerates glutathione, one of our body’s essential antioxidants. It’s difficult to get glutathione from supplements or food. According to neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, MD, studies link low glutathione levels to cancer.
“We need all the glutathione we can get,” says Dr. Bowden, “and ALA helps the body create more of it.”
ALA is essential for regions of the body that are highly susceptible to oxidative damage, including our brains. Studies show that when rats were fed an ALA supplemented diet they demonstrated anti-aging responses. The benefits were seen in just two weeks.
Today, ALA is being used as a main ingredient in skin care formulas, because it can repair the oxidative damage of the sun.
Dr. Burt Berkson, author of The Alpha Lipoic Acid Breakthrough, says that ALA protects collagen in the skin from cross-linking. This prevents wrinkling and the effects of aging on the body.
Multiple Benefits of ALA
Dr. Bowden also points out some of the other benefits of alpha-lipoic acid. They include managing insulin and protecting liver function.
“ALA is a go-to supplement for diabetics or people with blood sugar issues,” says Dr. Bowden. “It appears to enhance insulin signaling… helping to bind it to its receptors and increasing the ability of the cells to take in glucose… possibly lowering insulin resistance.
“This action makes ALA a great tool for managing blood sugar. In Germany ALA is an approved drug for diabetic neuropathy… the painful degeneration of nerves in the arms and legs.”
ALA can also protect and strengthen liver function. Dr. Berkson advocates ALA in treating hepatitis C. Dr. Berkson says he has witnessed recoveries using intravenous ALA. That includes recoveries from severe mushroom poisoning of the liver.
“I believe ALA deficiency is at the root of many common yet serious health problems,” says Dr. Berkson. “It works on the cellular level to produce energy.”
But as we age, we synthesize less and less of this important molecule. If you are over 40 you can never obtain ideal amounts of ALA from food alone. “You’d have to eat about 100 pounds of spinach just to get enough of the stuff to fill a 100 mg capsule,” says Dr. Berkson.
Dr. Bowden agrees that supplements are the answer to getting optimal amounts of ALA into your diet.
“If you’re over 40, 100 mg should do for a basic protective dose. Some experts recommend anywhere from 100 to 300 mg,” says Dr. Bowden.
He suggests that diabetics, or people with blood sugar problems or liver disease, should use 300 to 1200 mg.
“The structure of lipoic acid is similar to that of the B vitamin, biotin. They both may compete for transport across cell membranes,” says Dr. Bowden. “It’s unknown whether taking ALA requires extra biotin. Many of the best formulas include some biotin just in case. Since biotin has beneficial effects on blood sugar, this is a good thing, especially for people with blood sugar issues.”
[Ed. note: Dr. Jonny Bowden is a nationally known expert on weight loss, nutrition and health. He's a board certified nutrition specialist with a Master's degree in psychology. He is the author of five books including The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth. His latest book is The Most Effective Cures on Earth.For more information, click here. ]
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