Saturday, September 1, 2007

The Anti-Aging Secrets of Alpha Lipoic Acid

Aging. Degenerative disease. People make millions (billions) every day playing to fears about aging and market faddish "anti-aging" products.

Supplement fanatics (our members most certainly included) are typically anti-aging fanatics as well. I often recall Scott Ferguson's comment about his supplement cabinet being his "fountain of youth." :-)

And, with my 47th birthday fast approaching (September 21st), I'm more and more interested in "anti-aging" myself.

At the Linus Pauling Institute (LPI), they study micronutrients for optimum health and the effects of micronutrients on aging processes and degenerative disease. In a May 2007, at the LPI "Diet and Optimum Health Conference," LPI researcher and Oregon State University associate professor of biochemistry and biophysics, Tory Hagen was quoted as saying:

"Our studies have shown that mice supplemented with lipoic acid have a cognitive ability, behavior, and genetic expression of almost 100 detoxification and antioxidant genes that are comparable to that of young animals. They aren't just living longer, they are living better -- and that's the goal we're after. We never really expected such a surprising range of benefits from one compound.""

Alpha lipoic acid promotes health (and anti-aging) in two primary ways:

  • It restores healthy cell signaling (lipoic acid essentially "kick starts" declining function in cells)

  • It improves glutathione levels (glutathione is responsible for protecting against cellular damage from free radicals and inflammation while also detoxifying heavy metals and toxins from the body

I've taken Alpha Lipoic Acid for the last few years, and I have found that I need to take it with meals to prevent an uncomfortable acid feeling in my stomach.

For reference, the Linus Pauling Institute recommends 200-400 mg of alpha lipoic acid daily, with 600 mg daily for diabetic neuropathy. Our product contains 300mg.


Scott Ferguson said...

Hi Cindy, it's been too long since we last spoke!

Actually, Andrea and I refer to our two supplement-filled pantry shelves as our "forever young cabinet," a term coined long ago with equal parts sarcasm and, I believe, envy, by our wild and crazy friend Randi. But "fountain of youth" still captures the spirit behind the pill largesse!


Cindy Marteney, CEO, Our Health Co-op said...

Hi Scott - great to see your note!

I always think of my time with you and Andrea and your adorable pup, Duncan. I'm still hoping you'll all visit with us in the mountains at some point!

Warmly, Cindy

bloomergal said...

I recently read that ALA is a preventive of diabetic neuropathy that is "boosted" when taken with adequate panthothenic acid (B6?). If you have any good research on this, I'd be very interested in knowing.

Scott Ferguson said...

Hmmm, we'd love to. You could start the ball rolling by sending some directions! Then we'd have half a chance of finding you. :-)

Duncan sends his puppy love to the Kat.