If you’re looking at the bewildering array of “anti aging supplements” out in the market today, most of which are peddled with very wild claims, you’re probably feeling frustrated as I am. Aging is a fact. Humans not wanting to age is a fact, too. And alpha lipoic acid stands out as some sort of a “miracle cure.”
The results of several studies suggest that alpha lipoic acid benefits the body ina very real, powerful sense. And it is unique and even better than other more popular “anti aging vitamins.” For instance, vitamins C and E are just two of the most used vitamins that people take to combat the effects of aging, such as declining immune resistance, diminishing mental alertness and cognitive functions, and the long onset of chronic fatigue. However, vitamin C is water soluble, which means it only works in water. On the other hand, vitamin e is fat-soluble, which means it only works in fat.
The unique power of alpha lipoic acid is this: it is both water- and fat-soluble, which means it works where either of the two previously mentioned vitamins could not. Such is the reason why, apart from its already powerful mechanism of action, this acid reaches otherwise inaccessible places in the body to do its healing.
A form of fatty acid, this substance attacks free radicals, especially those that damage the cell’s power house, the mitochondria. Damaged mitochondria is the cuase of chronice weakness in aging people, and also plays a role in leaving old people with weak resistance to diseases. When taken as a supplement, alpha lipoic acid takes these free radicals on its horns and subdues them What’s even more amazing is that it not only works on its own, but it has been shown in studies to “extend” the life of other antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, thereby increasing its potency manifold.
Also, alpha lipoic acid can cross the blood-brain barrier, so it has been shown to protect neurons (brain cells) from free radical damage. In some studies, it has been shown to delay the progression of Alzheimer’s and increase the cognitive functioning of the elderly.