Alpha lipoic acid

It is quite possible that, in due course, alpha lipoic acid will replace ginkgo biloba and vitamin E as the most important antioxidant for the brain. Laboratory tests have shown that alpha lipoic acid can prevent damage to the brain caused by acute free radical attacks. Maybe it will also prove to be effective in protecting the brain from the daily onslaught of free radicals. Alpha lipoic acid offers powerful protection against heart attacks, heart disease and cataracts. It reinforces memory skills and combats the ageing process in the brain. It disarms bad genes responsible for accelerating
the ageing process and causing cancer. It has been successfully applied in the treatment of liver diseases such as hepatitis C, and research has shown that it is effective in the treatment of liver poisoning. More importantly, however, alpha lipoic acid strengthens the entire antioxidant defence system. Taking alpha lipoic acid increases levels of vitamin E and C, glutathione and CoQ10.As yet little is known about the properties of alpha lipoic acid. The more I find out about it, the more I feel that it should be classified with vitamins. One of the reasons for this is that the production of alpha lipoic acid
decreases with age.

  By the age of forty we can only just produce the basic amount of alpha lipoic acid required by the body, but that is not enough to ensure maximum benefit. That is why we need to get as much alpha lipoic acid as possible from the food we eat. However, in view of the fact that food contains only small amounts of this substance, I would recommend an alpha lipoic acid supplement. I would advise a daily dose of 400 mg, but an amount this size cannot be obtained from food (for example: approximately 4 kg of spinach contains 1 mg of alpha lipoic acid). 1 Breast cancer can be linked to a number of factors. These include hormonal factors (early menstruation, pregnancy later in life or no pregnancies at all, late menopause, shorter menstrual cycles, oral contraception, HRT); environmental factors (pesticides, herbicides, lack of sunlight, exposure to power stations, electric blankets, various types of radiation, chemotherapy); lifestyle (smoking or passive smoking, excess weight, lack of exercise); food (too many saturated fats, not enough antioxidants, fibre, alpha-linolenic acid, too much linoleic acid (Omega-6), not enough phyto-oestrogen, too many alcoholic beverages).