ALA is an interesting antioxidant because it is easily absorbed through the walls of our cell membranes and is thus able to protect against free radical oxidative damage to the proteins and DNA structures inside our cells. Most antioxidants are unable to cross the cell wall and can only provide external cellular protection. Once inside the cell, ALA breaks down further to a complicated sounding type of antioxidant called dihydrolipoic acid. This new form of ALA is able to wipe out damaging superoxide, hydroperoxy and hydroxyl radicals. Why are these oxides are so dangerous? Because they’re what we encounter every day through exposure to cigarette smoke, car exhaust, pollution and alcohol for example. We even unknowingly create other damaging oxides on our own when we breathe, metabolize food or get sick.
CanPrev’s Alpha Lipoic Acid 600 provides a therapeutic 600 mg dose of a safe and stable form of ALA. The formula is supported with thiamine and biotin, as these nutrients in particular can either be deficient or compete with each other for absorption into cells. Studies show that those with thiamine deficiencies (such as those with digestive disorders or heavy alcohol use) can experience toxic side effects if high doses of ALA are taken without the support of thiamine. A biotin deficiency can occur due to high dosing with ALA as they both seem to compete with each other to get across the cell wall. ALA usually wins out and a deficiency can occur unless extra biotin is taken. Combining them into one formula ensures they work as equal partners instead of contenders.
Medicinal Ingredients - each capsule contains DL-Alpha lipoic acid 600mg Thiamine (Vitamin B1) 20mg Biotin Non-medicinal Ingredients: Vegetable-grade magnesium stearate, vegetable capsule.
Adults - Take 1 capsule per day or as directed by a healthcare practitioner.