The nutrient alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is virtually an unknown nutrient. This is a sulfur containing chemical produced in plants and animals that has been shown to have remarkable abilities to regenerate other major anti-oxidants and protect the body from oxidative stress. Research shows that ALA has the potential to outperform chemotherapy in its ability to reduce cancer cell formation that has little to no side effects, or collateral damage. This acid is found in foods, and many alternative health doctors use higher doses in supplemental form to help those with diabetes, neurodegenerative conditions, autoimmune diseases, cancer and heart diseases. ALA can also be found in supplemental form. It is also used to improve human performance in otherwise healthy individuals.
ALA is found in green leafy vegetables including spinach and broccoli, which are some of the highest sources of ALA, and other fruits and vegetables. Organ Meats as kidney, heart and liver also contains ALA. It can be purchased as a supplement dosage size that can range from 50-600mg/day depending on the desired therapeutic effect you wish to achieve. Naturally you should speak with your health care provider to learn if ALA dietary supplementation is right for you.
Examples of foods high in cancer fighting thiols are asparagus, bok choy, cabbage cauliflower, chives, leaks, peas, onions, sauerkraut, eggs, garlic and shallots. Antioxidants are essential for our health and one of the body’s defense mechanisms designed to protect cells from the burden of oxidative stress. Anti-oxidants have other words such as anti-aging, antibacterial and antidepressant. I’m all in for slowing those signs of aging and stress, aren’t you?
These antioxidants have been used in a study of patients with Down syndrome where they consumed a high antioxidant diet over a 2-year period and had a significant improvement on the cognitive abilities.
ALA has the potential to treat chronic disease including various types of cancer. Research believes that ALA may benefit individuals with leukemia, colon cancer, ovarian cancer and possibly breast cancer. It has been known to inhibit cell proliferation as well as apoptosis in healthy cells, and may actually promote the destruction of cancerous cells. Alpha lipoic acid increases oxygen production within cancer cells, according to a 2005 study. Cancer therapy treatment today involves processes that further increase DNA damage and create free radicals. A chemotherapy drug and antibiotic that is very efficient at causing cellular damage and depleting available antioxidant sources is Mitomycin C. The radiation treatment damages cells and is responsible for initiating the growth of secondary tumors. Alpha lipoic acid works against cancer by improving mitochondrial respiration. It protects against DNA damage that causes cancer cell production.
If you are taking chemotherapy, ALA protects against chemical-induced neuropathy and intestinal damage as well as diarrhea.
Searching for a high quality lipoic acid should include looking at the company most known for research and quality. The most bioactive form is R-lipoic acid that you want to take with food in order to maximize absorption.
The complete article was written by Dr. David Jockers DC, MS, CSCS and can googled on the Internet, along with many other informative articles by various sources.
– Dr Fredda Branyon