Alpha-lipoic acid is a vitamin-like antioxidant used in Europe to restore liver health and to confer protective benefits against oxidative processes involved in degenerative diseases. It is more
potent than vitamins C, E and Co-Q10, and, according to Dr. Ester Packer, professor of molecular Biology at UC Berkley, may be the most important antioxidant ever discovered:
Vitamins C, E and
Glutathione work together to deactivate and prevent free radicals from causing uncontrolled damage in the body. But at this stage we run into a limiting factor regarding availability of glutathione
which is an important free-radical deactivator offering protection against cataract formation, as well as immune enhancement, liver protection, cancer protection and heavy-metal detoxification.
Glutathione, when taken orally like Vitamins C and E, is broken down in the stomach before it reaches the bloodstream. What does end up being absorbed can raise serum levels, but the effect inside
of cells is minimal.
Alpha-lipoic acid proved to be the missing link. Not only is ALA a powerful antioxidant in its own right, but it also regenerates glutathione, giving cells a double dose of
antioxidant protection. It also is easily absorbed when taken orally, and once inside cells is quickly converted to its most potent form, dihydrolipoic acid, and an even more potent free-radical
neutralizer than ALA. Because both alpha-lipoic acid and dihydrolipoic acid are antioxidants, their combined actions give them greater antioxidant potency than any other natural antioxidant now
Scientists have also found that lipoic acid can inhibit replication of HIV-1 and other viruses through its ability to bind directly to DNA (40).
Dr. Packer and Chandan K. Sen, a
researcher from Finland, have described how alpha-lipoic acid regulates aspects of the immune system, and in particular, immune cells called T-lymphocytes. They, along with other scientists, have
reported how alpha-lipoic acid may help people with HIV:
"ALA inhibits growth of HIV more effectively than NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine). Dr. Packer found in test-tube experiments, alpha-lipoic
acid 'completely inhibited activation of a gene in the AIDS virus that allows it to reproduce''" (40).
Early in 1995, shortly after my diagnosis of Hepatitis C, I was consulting my brother Dwain
about my will. Dwain exists in Oregon in a somewhat unusual way.
Apparently he has a radio, for it was Dwain who told me he was listening to a doctor on a talk radio program out of Seattle, who
was treating Hepatitis C with 50,000 mg. injections of Vitamin C twice daily in combination with alpha-lipoic acid. ALA is a co-factor in the multi-enzyme complex that catalyzes the last
stage of the process called glycolysis.
Please keep in mind, I'm not a doctor. I am a patient, who was very disappointed after spending a fortune trying to get information from doctors, and who
then set out on my own to save my life.
Many, I'm sure, won't realize what a horrendous quest this was or how devastated I was because of what I discovered about our institutions.
I may write
things you find offensive while others may find them quite hilarious. I didnít mean to transmit any insults. My words are the way I saw it. Being at the "DOOR OF DEATH" was very
different than contemplating it.
Truth is stranger than fiction. This book is about truth. It's about me. I'm well and I tested negative for Hepatitis C. Whether or not my mind
is regimented in a way you can take is not my concern. The remedy I put before you worked on me, and has proven to be successful on several others. Healers have used much of this remedy all
over the world since ancient times. A very small segment of individuals, called naturopaths, in addition to chiropractors and holistic healers have also learned things beyond what the FDA allows.
Alpha-lipoic acid occurs naturally in potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, yams, and red meat. I take additional alpha-lipoic acid every day, and know it has been vital in my battle and success
over Hepatitis C.
I take 200 mg of Lipoic acid 3 times per day.