Battle Free Radicals: Alpha Lipoic Acid Benefits

In the human body there exist naturally formed unstable molecules known as free radicals.

These molecules attack at the cellular level and play a role in aging, tissue damage, and possibly some cancers.

Some factors that cause free radicals include:

  • Air pollution
  • Sunlight
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Stress

Fortunately, the human body also has a built-in defense system against free radicals called antioxidants. One powerful antioxidant is Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA).

The best antioxidants are non-toxic and seek out the free radicals before they ever reach the cell membrane.

Some antioxidants are “enzyme antioxidants” formed in the body and contain or change free radicals, while other antioxidants are obtained through healthy foods and dietary supplements.

By preventing the free radicals from reaching the cell membrane, antioxidants can stop or even reverse cell membrane damage and sub-clinical inflammation, including the microscopic scarring that form wrinkles.

Alpha Lipioc Acid (ALA) History and Benefits

ALA was discovered in 1951 by scientists conducting anti-aging research, but it wasn’t until the 1980′s that scientist realized its potential. ALA is a molecule present in each human cell that plays a role in a cell’s ability to produce energy.

Dr. Perricone and others have spent years researching the benefits of ALA and its use as an anti-inflammatory treatment.

The benefits of ALA they discovered include:

  • Resurfaces skin and improves resilience, tone, and texture.
  • Decreases the appearance of lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, and scarring.
  • Lessons the appearance of uneven skin tone and discolorations.
  • Provides superior antioxidant protection.
  • Increases the positive effects of other antioxidants in the body such as Vitamin C and E.

Another great benefit of ALA is that, like the free radicals in your body, ALA is universally soluble, meaning that it is both water and fat-soluble. Because Vitamins C and E are not universally soluble, they do not have the full range of motion and greater protection that ALA is capable of.

NVPerricone understands the benefits of ALA and has placed it at the heart of his 3-tiered program. ALA can be found in many of his products.

To increase your body’s amount of ALA, consider Perricone MD Nutriceuticals: Alpha Lipoic Acid Dietary Supplement.

ALA is also available as an ingredient in many of Perricone’s topical creams, such as bestseller Advanced Face Firming Activator.

Watch this video below for an overview of ALA:


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