Oxygen is used during cellular respiration, a normal metabolism within the cells, to create energy in the form of ATP (adenosine triphosphate).
It is within the cellular “powerhouses” called mitochondria the production of this useable energy occurs.
ATP is to the body what gas is to an engine. ATP fuels most cell functions, including cell division and muscle movement.
This energy is what keeps your heart beating; is what keeps you from feeling drained; and is what keeps you alive!
This, however, comes with a price.
The byproducts of cellular respiration are … free radicals.
Without adequate amounts of certain nutrients to shield against cumulative free radical attack; and to help in the process of producing ATP, the cellular powerhouse can ‘aged’ prematurely and become less efficient; and will fail to energize the entire body. Aging-related symptoms and health disorders ensue.
Incidentally, your brain and heart use an abundance of oxygen in its energy production. Consequently, they are highly vulnerable to damage by vicious free radicals!
The Powerful Nutrient ComboAlpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) and Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALC)
Alpha lipoic acid and acetyl-L-carnitine present a very powerful anti aging supplements combo. This nutrient combo can become an asset to your aging heart and brain.
This is how they work:
Alpha lipoic acid and acetyl-L-carnitine help in the process of transporting fatty acids to the cellular powerhouse and ultimately convert them into ATP, thereby energizing the heart and brain.
Remember, without ensuring optimal energy for peak body functions, we simply grow old faster!
Another important and powerful antioxidant nutrient needed in the production of ATP within the mitochondria is Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10).
CoQ10 is most abundantly found in the heart muscle and therefore, deficiencies are common in most cardiovascular cases. Thus the health benefits of CoQ10 are not to be looked down! By the way, this is not the ordinary CoQ10 you normally see. It's Ubiquinol!
Preserving Life’s Most Precious MomentsBoth alpha lipoic acid and acetyl-L-carnitine can easily sail across the blood-brain barrier to protect and nourish the brain, and protecting neurons from deterioration.
In addition to boosting ATP within the brain, ALC also increases neurotransmitters like acetylcholine by providing its ‘acetyl’ part, while another brain nutrient, phoshatidyl choline (PC) provides choline, for the synthesis of acetylcholine.
The Important Brain Messengers
Neurotransmitters are chemicals made by neurons. They are like messengers send out by neurons as a means of communicate among themselves within the central nervous system, which consists of the brain and the spinal cord.
And since neurotransmitters are the only means of communication in the brain network, decline in adequate levels spells memory deterioration; whether it’s the common forgetfulness or decreased learning ability or the all-out scourge of Alzheimer’s disease!
The alpha lipoic acid and acetyl-L-carnitine combo, therefore, is a potent weapon to combat memory loss due to aging, Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. In addition, they act as antioxidants protecting neurons and heart cells from oxidative stress.
The Magic Word: Synergy
As good as the nutrient combo such as alpha lipoic acid and acetyl-L-carnitine are to help optimize mitochondrial health, they can be made more efficient by adding other nutrients to complement them in a good memory supplement
For example, essential amino acids such as lysine and methionine are added to help the body make more of ALCA. Methionine is also a powerful antioxidant which aids in methylation, one of the major contributors to aging-derived degenerative brain disorders.
To tackle methylation, by far the most effective methylating agent is SAMe (S-Adenosyl-Methionine). SAMe is a natural chemical found in all living cells. Supplementing SAMe, however, is rarely seen in health supplements because of the cost incurred.
Not only is SAMe very expensive, it's also highly sensitive to the body’s stomach acid; and it would be rendered useless unless the tablet is enteric coated. In the body, SAMe is formed by combining methionine and ATP.
PC, PS and Others
How can we forget the two other popular brain nutrient combo: Phosphatidyl Choline (PC) and Phosphatidyl L-Serine (PS)!
While PC provides the brain food choline, the body also uses methionine to produce it.
Another two natural specialty nutrients that you rarely see (again due to their costs) are Vinpocetine, extracted from the leaves of the lesser periwinkle, and Huperzine A, extracted from a special kind of moss.
All the above potent nutrients are included in the Neuro-Natural range of products namely Neuro-Natural General (to support the nervous system and brain), Neuro-Natural Serenity (to help relieve depression, stress and anxiety) and Neuro-Natural Memory (to help improve memory).
Remember, these are not the only ingredients you’ll find, there are other active ingredients and co-factors—each with their own role to play as well as enhancing the efficacy of their ‘companion’ nutrients, including acetyl-L-carnitine and alpha lipoic acid of course.
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