A new year is another reminder that we’re that getting older.
Aging is inevitable.
Aging well isn’t…unless you take steps to slow down your biological clock.
There are a number of ways to do that. I don’t have to tell you about regular exercise, getting a good night’s sleep, avoiding sugar, etc. But there’s a good chance you know little or nothing about alpha-lipoic acid.
Alpha-lipoic acid is an organic compound. Your body makes it, but not very much. You need to consume it in foods or supplements to get significant amounts.[i]
Alpha-lipoic acid is a special type of antioxidant. Most antioxidants are either water-soluble or fat-soluble. But alpha-lipoic acid is both. That means it can affect every cell in the body.
When it comes to limiting the effects of aging, alpha-lipoic acid is known to:
- Slow Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have linked Alzheimer’s to oxidative stress. Alpha-lipoic acid’s antioxidant properties have been shown in studies to inhibit the progress of Alzheimer’s. The compound also has anti-inflammatory properties that contribute to this effect.[ii]
- Reduce signs of skin aging. A study from Egypt’s Cairo University found that a topical lotion with 5% alpha-lipoic acid reduced facial lines and improved skin color and texture.[iii] When applied topically, it is absorbed into the lower skin layers, where it protects against harmful UV radiation from sunlight.[iv]
- Fights diseases of aging, such as diabetes. Research shows that Alpha-lipoic acid lowers blood sugar levels in humans.[v] In animal subjects, it has lowered blood sugar by as much as 64%.[vi] It has also been found to treat diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage).[vii]
That’s just the beginning. Alpha-lipoic acid also…
- Reduces inflammation. Chronic inflammation is at the root of many of the most serious ailments…including cancer and heart disease. An analysis of 11 studies found alpha-lipoic acid lowers C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation.[viii]
- Lowers the risk of heart disease. A study published in the journal Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity found alpha-lipoic acid has a protective effect that neutralizes free radicals that are linked to heart damage.[ix]
- Treats carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the arm’s median nerve is squeezed or compressed. This leads to pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand. Studies have found alpha-lipoic acid slows progression of carpal tunnel and improves outcomes after surgery for the condition.[x] [xi]
Alpha-lipoic acid has few if any side effects. Doses up to 2,400 mg for adults are safe. Don’t exceed that amount because it may strain your liver.
There’s nothing you can do about time marching forward. But alpha-lipoic acid can help you make 2019 healthier and happier.
To your peak health,
Director of Research & Development New Summit Nutritionals