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Alpha-Lipoic Acid - 500
Aids with many age-related diseases, from heart
disease and stroke to diabetes and cataracts.
The body needs ALA to produce energy. It plays
a Alpha-Lipoic Acid plays a crucial role in the mitochondria, the
energy-producing structures in cells. The body actually makes enough
ALA for these basic metabolic functions. This compound acts as
an antioxidant, however, only when there is an excess of it and
it is in the "free" state in the cells. But there is
little free ALA circulating in your body, unless you consume supplements
or get it injected. Foods contain only tiny amounts of it. What
makes ALA special as an antioxidant is its versatility—it
helps deactivate an unusually wide array of cell-damaging free
radicals in many bodily systems.
In particular, ALA helps protect the mitochondria and the genetic
material, DNA. As we age, mitochondrial function is impaired, and
it’s theorized that this may be an important contributor
to some of the adverse effects of aging. ALA also works closely
with vitamin C and E and some other antioxidants, "recycling" them
and thus making them much more effective.