[Paleopsych] alpha-lipoic acid

Steve Hovland shovland at mindspring.com
Sat Apr 23 15:22:20 UTC 2005

In the late 1980s, scientists realized that alpha-lipoic acid, a compound 
initially classified as a vitamin when it was discovered three decades 
earlier, possessed potent antioxidant properties that could prevent healthy 
cells from getting damaged by unstable oxygen molecules called free 
radicals. In fact, this vitaminlike compound has proved to be many times 
more potent than such old guard antioxidants as vitamins C and E. As a 
perk, it even recycles C and E (as well as other antioxidants), enhancing 
their effectiveness.


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