Supplementation with antioxidant herbals and nutrients has been shown to be important to protect against free radical damage that if left unchecked accelerates the aging process. Now researchers have also identified the importance of components of human cells called “mitochondria” that are often referred to as the “powerhouse” of the cell since they generate the energy (called ATP) for the 50-100 trillion cells in the body to function. Over time mitochondria will begin to age as well and cellular energy needs are depleted. It is this decline in function at the mitochondrial level that can rapidly accelerate premature aging. Supplementation with alpha lipoic acid and acetyl-l-carnitine can support healthier mitochondrial function to better fuel the body and support life sustaining function.
This naturally occurring molecule is found in the brain, liver and kidney. Unfortunately ALC levels decline with aging and thus daily supplementation by individuals looking to live proactively has become common. Common uses include enhanced mental function, energy production and to help mitigate the effects of aging. ALC has been used in clinical trials lasting up to 33 months; this extended research reflects its safety. Researchers have studied ALC use for:
- Age related cognitive impairment
- Testosterone deficiency symptoms
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Poor blood flow to the brain
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Peyronie’s disease
- Mild depression
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)
This dynamic vitamin is produced within the human body. It is involved in the production of ATP, the energy unit for cell performance. Additionally, alpha lipoic acid serves to protect the body as both a water soluble and fat soluble antioxidant. Alpha lipoic acid also possesses the ability to regenerate antioxidants like vitamin C, E and glutathione. Clinically there are multiple applications that researchers have reviewed including:
- Diabetes (improved insulin sensitivity)
- Energy production
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Antioxidant protection
- Human Immunodeficiency virus support
These 2 amino acids are extremely important and they can make vast improvements on your health. When used together these vitamins can support mitochondrial function and helps rid the body of destructive free radicals. Clinical trials have proven that this combination can help create new youthful behaviors. ALA and ALC work together synergistically to support improved mitochondrial function and thus target the protection and preservation of vitality. The reality is when the right fuel is consumed; vitality, wellness and longevity improve.
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How to help yourself live a longer life
1.Get a furry pet. Researchers believe that having a pet keeps one’s mind more active, resulting in lower risk of heart disease.
2.Floss your teeth daily. This can help you avoid periodontal disease, which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.
3.Socialize. Studies show that social activity and a longer life are interconnected.
4.Have some nuts! They are high in antioxidants, unsaturated fatty acids and fiber, thus lowering the risk of heart disease.
- January 2015