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PostSubject: Boosting Cellular Rejuvenation with Nutritional Supplements    Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:24 am

Boosting Cellular Rejuvenation with
Nutritional Supplements
Another important strategy for reducing inflammation and protecting
the mitochondria is the use of targeted nutritional supplements. Although
this is still somewhat controversial among many mainstream
physicians, I firmly believe in the anti-aging, health, and beauty benefits
of nutritional supplements. I also believe that this anti-supplement
bias is harmful, as it deprives people of safe and effective methodologies
proven to reduce inflammation and thereby lessen their risk for
age-related diseases.
Fortunately, there are several very powerful antioxidant, antiinflammatory
compounds that provide the mitochondria with significant
protection from free-radical damage. As stated earlier, the cell
plasma membrane, which is made up of lipids, is the most vulnerable
portion of the cell in terms of the production of free radicals and resultant
Like cells, the mitochondria are also enveloped by a lipid membrane.
Accordingly, the antioxidants that confer the greatest protection
are lipid (fat) soluble, a chemical characteristic that enables them to
concentrate in the lipid membranes that enfold the cell as well as in
its mitochondria and nucleus.
The New News About Alpha Lipoic Acid
The first line of defense belongs to a compound in the body called
alpha lipoic acid (ALA). Readers of my previous books already know
the importance I place on this multitasking, multiprotective supplement.
But recent studies have shown that it is even more powerful
than previously thought.
ALA is a very powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory agent, but
additional amounts can be obtained only from supplements, because
it is almost nonexistent in foods. ALA is unique among antioxidants
because it is soluble in both fat and water.
It is also unique in having the ability to penetrate the lipid-soluble
portions of the cell. Because ALA can protect both the fat- and the
water-soluble parts of the cell, scientists have named it the “universal
antioxidant.” Because ALA is found as part of an enzyme complex in
the mitochondria that converts food to energy, it is also known as the
“metabolic antioxidant.” Here are some of the highlights of the amazing
properties of ALA:
• ALA is the only antioxidant that can boost cellular levels of glutathione,
an antioxidant of tremendous importance in overall
health and longevity and essential for the functioning of the immune
system. People with chronic illnesses such as acquired
immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), cancer, and autoimmune
diseases generally have very low levels of glutathione. White
blood cells are particularly sensitive to changes in glutathione
levels, and even subtle changes may have profound effects on
the immune response.
• ALA helps regulate glucose metabolism. Sugar can be extremely
damaging to our cells if it is not well controlled, as it can react
with molecules within the cell in a permanent bond called glycation.
Once these bonds between sugar and protein are
formed, they become mini factories for the generation of free
radicals that can attack our cells and their mitochondria and
produce inflammation. ALA helps prevent damaging glycation
while also increasing the cell’s ability to use glucose.When taken
orally as a supplement, ALA can concentrate in both the cell and
mitochondrial lipid membranes, where it protects both from
free-radical damage, thus preventing the commencement of an
inflammatory cascade.
• ALA is especially protective to the mitochondria in nerve cells
and can therefore help prevent degeneration of the brain seen
with aging and age-related diseases of the central nervous

system. In addition, ALA has been used successfully to treat patients
with diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage).
• ALA works synergistically with other antioxidants in the skin to
reduce the damaging inflammatory effects of UV radiation.
ALA’s capacity to regulate production of nitric oxide, which controls
blood flow to the skin when applied topically, helps to
transform the complexion from dull, pasty, and pale to vibrant
and glowing. Topical ALA will also reduce puffiness in the face
and eye area and decrease wrinkles and pore size.
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