Source Naturals Alpha Lipoic Acid 600 mg - 60 Capsules
Source Naturals Alpha Lipoic Acid offers antioxidant protection. Source Naturals Alpha Lipoic Acid is a powerful fat and water soluble antioxidant. Source Naturals Alpha Lipoic Acid directly recycles vitamin C and indirectly recycles vitamin E, providing additional antioxidant protection. Source Naturals Alpha Lipoic Acid is also an important component in the glucose metabolism process within cells. Source Naturals Alpha Lipoic Acid may support the normal insulin response and healthy blood sugar levels already within the normal range. Source Naturals Alpha Lipoic Acid addresses the following body systems:
- Inflammation Response
- Antioxidant Defense
- Sugar Regulation
- Cognition / Nerves
It is well known that our genes, consisting of DNA, hold the information codes for all of our unique traits, and they regulate all of the structure and function of our tissues and organs. Encoded in the DNA, and "turned on" by hormones or other messengers, are the mechanisms that produce the proteins, enzymes, and other compounds that the cell uses to carry out its differentiated functions. Even though each cell contains every gene for all bodily and mental functions, each cell has the ability to activate only those specific genes needed for that cell’s specific function; the other genes remain silent or inactive.
Various nutrients, plant extracts, and biochemical compounds can be seen as messengers. We can literally send instructions to our genes to perform healthy activities such as increase memory, burn fat, strengthen an immune response, or turn off gene expression that is detrimental to our health.
Inflammation is for many an underlying biochemical imbalance that can lead to concerns about our health. Inflammation begins as a helpful part of the immune system’s defense, but the problem for our health is when this natural defense process doesn’t turn off. Because of various environmental triggers and lifestyle factors, such as pollution, stress, or nutrient-deficient junk food diets, the defense system stays on the attack, generating metabolic inflammation and damaging healthy cells and tissues. Our body goes to war with itself. The fire of inflammation, however, can be quenched with dietary, lifestyle and nutritional changes.
Free radicals are unstable, destructive molecules with one missing, unpaired electron. In a process called oxidation, the same process that turns iron to rust, free radicals can impact cells as they steal electrons from healthy molecules, starting a cascade that ages the body and affects the body cell by cell, tissue by tissue. This process is halted with antioxidants. Antioxidants selflessly donate their electrons to stabilize free radicals and prevent their effects. Free radicals are natural by-products of mitochondrial energy generation and they are also the result of constant bombardment by pollutants, toxins, excess sunlight, unnatural foods, and electromagnetic radiation.
The modern, “on the go” diet of processed, unnatural junk foods is overwhelming our bodies. Drastic increases in refined carbohydrates and sugars have led to health concerns unheard of even a generation ago. Increased blood glucose can lead to excess body weight and inefficient use of insulin... all are part of a spiraling, self-perpetuating cycle that is highly challenging to health. Through this cycle, increased blood sugar can lead to reactions like inflammation and glycation. Excess inflammation is an underlying imbalance that can affect cells and tissues and lead to concerns about our health. Glycation occurs when excess blood sugar binds with protein to produce Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs), compounds that impact healthy cells. Many nutritional supplements can increase insulin efficiency and help maintain blood sugar in a normal range.
At any moment, millions of biochemical reactions are taking place in or around our nearly 100 trillion cells. To function at high levels of health, our metabolism is constantly binding molecules together and breaking them apart. In a way, our health is a function of the ease, speed, and coordination of these myriad reactions, processes named methylation, acetylation, phosphorylation, and sulfation. Hormones are messengers that tell the body to begin its various physiological activities, such as growth or sexual development. Hormones are produced in our glands and are often triggered by the brain. They are part of the intricate mechanism that makes us humans with unique personalities.
Through phospholipids such as omega-3 or omega-6 in the membrane of the cell, the hormones transfer important messages to the nucleus of the cell where the DNA produces the proteins and enzymes needed to carry out the brain's desires. With age, as metabolism slows, can come a loss of effective function, which in turn can lead to a multitude of problems associated with aging. By proactively supporting metabolic and hormonal processes you can maintain youthful activity within your body.
The liver is a chemical factory, producing digestive and detoxifying enzymes, cholesterol (which at normal levels is vital for brain health and cell membrane integrity), and activating and coenzymating vitamins and minerals for bodily use. The liver is also a clearing station, helping the body detoxify and eliminate the harmful waste products of our metabolism or elements that we consume. The liver’s importance is magnified in our industrialized world, where thousands of chemicals, many of which are toxic and never even existed 60 years ago, are entering our bodies as we breathe air, drink water and eat food laced with pollutants, toxic pesticides and hormones, and trans fats. With this heightened level of activity and stress, it is imperative that we give extra support through proper nutrients to this overburdened organ.
The heart is a muscle that must contract without missing a beat about every second of our lives. The cardiovascular system’s importance to our health goes beyond the critical function of supplying food and oxygen to all the cells. The blood transports hormones and other messenger molecules that signal the coordination of numerous critical functions, and through the white blood cells, the circulatory system is the site of significant immune protection. Numerous factors can impact circulatory health: the oxidation of molecules, cholesterol levels, homocysteine buildup, fibrin viscosity, lack of nitric oxide, capillary and blood vessel strength and integrity, metabolic inflammation, and energy generation for heartbeat. Maintaining these and other functions is an intricate balancing act. That balance can be provided by the intelligent use of nutrition.
Cognition / Nerves
The human brain is the most complex structure known to man; much of how it functions and enables us to think, feel, contemplate abstract concepts, plan our future, and control many bodily processes is yet to be discovered. The function of the brain and nervous system is based on the unique structure of nerve cells (also called neurons), which take in and send out messages in the form of electrical impulses running through the phospholipids and minerals of the cell membranes. Although it is only two percent of our body weight, the brain consumes 20 percent of our energy. Neurotransmitters, brain chemicals that pass messages from one neuron to another, must be produced in adequate quantities to support mood, intelligence, concentration, assertiveness and calmness. This creates a tremendous need for nutritional fuel and energy. Brain functioning can be significantly improved by the right quantity and quality of nutrients.
During the Plague of the 14th century, one-third of the population of Europe died. The question is: why did the others live, even though they were also exposed to the Yersinia pestis bacteria? The answer may be the strength and responsiveness of their immune systems. The immune system is like an intelligent second brain with the unique ability to identify foreign compounds and to quickly produce the specific defenses needed to combat harmful invaders and protect us. The immune system uses a wide variety of cells and biochemicals located primarily in the blood stream and the gastrointestinal tract, such as T-cells, B-cells, macrophages, and Natural Killer cells. We can significantly strengthen and improve the functionality of the immune system through nutrition, supplements and lifestyle modifications.
Source Naturals Overview
Leaders of the Wellness Revolution
Source Naturals was created in 1982 by C.E.O Ira Goldberg to support each individual's potential to enjoy optimal health. At that time, the kind of nutritional formulations he envisioned – for the maintenance of well-being and the enhancement of life – simply didn't exist. The idea of combining many nutrients, herbs and nutraceuticals in one formulation, though common today, was then a rarity. Source Naturals pioneered the concept with Wellness Formula, now the industry's #1 immune support product.
Source Naturals subsequently introduced numerous award-winning formulas, recognized for their excellence in independent surveys and nutritional analyses. In addition to Wellness, these award-winners include Life Force Multiple, Mega-Kid Multiple, Inflama-Rest, the Skin Eternal line, Higher Mind, Essential Enzymes, Male Response, and more.
Source Naturals' comprehensive Bio-Aligned Formulas help bring the power of alignment to your body. When formulating, they evaluate the underlying causes of system imbalances, and then provide targeted nutrition to interdependent body systems. Their line of more than 600 products also includes well-researched, single entity nutrients in their highest quality and most bioavailable forms.
Source Naturals' nutritional supplements are at the leading edge of today's Wellness Revolution. This transformation in health consciousness also includes new perspectives in diet, lifestyle, emotional and spiritual development, and complementary health care. Source Naturals Strategy for Wellness is to provide education that empowers individuals to take responsibility for their health, rather than relying solely on outside medical authority. The result is people who are more productive and fulfilled, and a world that is stronger and healthier.