Alpha-lipoic acid, also called thioctic acid, is a vitamin like antioxidant
and has an important role in protecting cell membranes. It is easily absorbed
through the gastrointestinal tract and it reaches the cell membrane and penetrates
the cell hence protecting the cell from within and without. In the body it can
be converted to DHLA (dihydrolipoic acid) which in its own right is a potent
In addition ALA and DHLA help to regenerate other antioxidants such as CoQ10,
vitamin C and glutathione.
ALA and DHLA both act as heavy metal chelators. In this manner they bind up
excess mercury, cadmium, copper and iron, hence limiting their harmful effects.
Moreover it is believed that ALA and DHLA have regulatory effects on proteins
and genes. This process is important in cell growth and metabolism.
There is some research to show the benefits of ALA in prevention and treatment
of atherosclerosis, cataract, diabetes, HIV and Parkinson's disease.
The best source is potatoes, but it is found in most foods. The body can produce
ALA too. However, it is said that the amount produced by the body is not enough
for antioxidant activity.
Daily dose is 10-25 mg. 44
To save your brain one will benefit from the following:
- Start at a young age looking after your brain
- Do mental gymnastics/exercises
- Have a proper balanced diet as discussed in previous chapters
- Take antioxidants and nutritional supplements
- Take memory enhancers such as PS, Ginkgo, ALA and ALC
- Try to remove chronic stress
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