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ALA– Alpha Linolenic Acid
Also known as - Lipoic Acid, Thioctic Acid and Thiotic Acid.
All Fatty acids are made up of a chain of carbons which have attached to it Hydrogen and Oxygen molecules.
The Carbons which are linked resembling a charm bracelet and the Hydrogens and Oxygens like the charms attached to each of the chain’s link. Some of the links have a double bond attachment.
Since the first double bond of ALA is the 3rd Carbon from the N end. Therefore it is of the Omega 3 oil clan. For more on Omega 3, 6 and 9 oils go to this link à http://www.naturesherbs.biz/efaomegaoils
ALA Found primarily in vegetable oils, green leafy vegetables and seeds.
A healthy body should be able to convert ALA into a sufficient amount of DHA and EPA.
Supplements used as the raw materials for ALA are: Flaxseed and Black Currant Oil and Spirulina….. Raw Materials Listed Above à Omega 3 à Linoleic Acid à ALA (Alpha Linolenic Acid) à DHA or EPA
ALA has been used to help normalize cholesterol and blood pressure. It shows promise in protecting against cardiac arrhythmia and lower risk of cardiovascular disease. It helps pull excess iron, copper and heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium and lead.
ALA also is being used to help lower blood sugar and aid in helping neuropathy.
Since it can easily pass the blood brain barrier it is not surprising that it is shown to help improve brain and nerve tissue, and has potential of healing the brain after a stroke, for MS, Parkinson’s and ADD.
It helps extend and recycle Vitamin C, Glutathione, COQ10 and Vitamin E.
Medicine Precautions…. Please let your doctor know when you are taking ALA, because it can lower blood sugar and can affect thyroid hormones levels, medicine for both may have to be adjusted.