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Alpha lipoic Acid:
One of the new skin care wonders
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Dr. Perricone has elevated alpha lipoic acid to new highs after he found its linkage with skin care. It has been called the universal antioxidant mainly because it is soluble in both water and oil. As you know antioxidants are very important for our health and beauty. Continues below...    

 

 

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Let us discuss what is alpha lipoic acid, what it can do for you, and where to find it?

What is alpha lipoic acid?

It is an antioxidant that helps the body produce energy and to regenerate. It is very important at a cellular level to produce energy and to protect the DNA (the genetical material) in the cells. This last part is very important in skin care (and aging), because as we age, our cells may lose the capacity to regenerate as effectively as when we are young.   

What can alpha lipoic acid do for you? 
It has been credited with many benefits. There have been a lot of studies in some areas, but not as many in others, and skin care and aging prevention belongs to the latter category. 

1-  Helps to reduce the blood sugar levels in diabetics and to balance sugar levels in non-diabetics. It also helps to reduce glycation; in other words, the damage that sugar does to our body, including accelerated aging.

2-  Some studies have found that it may be beneficial in the treatment of glaucoma.

3- It helps the liver regenerate, especially in the treatment of liver degeneration because of damage from excessive consumption of alcohol.

4- It may help in the prevention and treatment of cataracts.

5- Helps to balance the level of cholesterol

6- Helps in the case of cardiovascular problems such as hard arteries. 

7- It helps to improve the efficacy in our bodies of other nutrients such as vitamin C and E.

8- It may help to detox your body

9- It is a powerful antioxidant 

10- Helps to prevent brain damage in older people 

Other claims
There are not enough studies to support the following claims made by some practitioners, but there are not studies against them either:

Prevents cancer
Treats depression
Treats HIV
Reduces obesity
Alleviates pain after surgery

Read part 2 Uses of alpha lipoic acid in skin care and beauty
  

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