To answer many common questions about lipoic acid, in a way that is convenient and accessible, we’ve grouped them according to the following categories:
Lipoic Acid is a vitamin-like substance naturally produced by the human body. In addition to neutralizing dangerous free radicals, lipoic Acid is also essential for the production of cellular energy.*
Alpha-lipoic acid consists of a 50/50 mixture of the R- (natural) and S- (unnatural) forms (enantiomers). It is the most widely available commercial form of lipoic acid. R-Lipoic Acid is the form of lipoic acid that occurs naturally in plants, animals and the body and is responsible for the specific beneficial effects of alpha lipoic acid.
R-Lipoic Acid, is the natural form of Lipoic Acid — the exact type the body makes and requires. R Lipoic is significantly more potent than Alpha Lipoic because the body “recognizes” it and “knows” how to use it.
Research indicates that not only does the human body have difficulty absorbing the unnatural (S) version; it may actually inhibit the most essential properties of natural R-Lipoic Acid!
Other benefits include:
Bio-Enhanced® R-Lipoic Acid is formulated using a unique stabilization process that ensures maximum absorption. Pharmacokinetic data has shown that our Bio-Enhanced® R-Lipoic Acid products have 40x the absorption rate of unstabilized RLA.
Without special processing, R-Lipoic Acid is highly unstable and difficult to absorb. In fact, only a very small percentage of unstabilized R-Lipoic Acid can actually be absorbed.
Plus, unstabilized R-Lipoic Acid can also contain harmful heavy metals and residual solvents that are very difficult to remove. The processing and stabilization of GeroNova’s products removes all traces of residual solvents from the raw material.
Our Bio-Enhanced® R-Lipoic Acid is available in two water-soluble products
The benefit of water-soluble R-Lipoic Acid salts is that they are absorbed quickly and are therefore fast-acting.
R-Dihydrolipoic Acid is the reduced (has electrons added) form of R-Lipoic Acid. When R-DHLA is oxidized (has electrons removed) R-Lipoic Acid is produced.
This is another way GeroNova stabilizes R-lipoic acid to allow better absorption. The benefit of this oil-based R-Lipoic Acid/ R-Dihydrolipoic acid is that it is absorbed slowly and therefore stays in the body longer.
Many experts recommend pairing a water-soluble R-Lipoic Acid salt with an oil-based R-Lipoic Acid product. Why? Because while water-soluble products are absorbed faster than oil-based products, oil-based products stay in the body longer. RLA/R-DHLA may provide more antioxidant protection than either ingredient alone. Combining them delivers a one-two R-Lipoic Acid punch.
Currently there are no established daily doses for supplementation. However, GeroNova scientists and medical advisors currently believe the optimal dosing strategy is 100-600 mg/day.
It will vary depending on your current nutritional state, dosage, and current health. We often hear that our customers “feel better” and experience “clearer thinking” and “enhanced well being” within 2 weeks. For optimal results, we recommend you take our R-Lipoic Acid daily for at least two months to evaluate their benefits.
Carnitine is a naturally occurring amino acid processed by the body. Carnitine’s main role is to shuttle fatty acids into the mitochondria — the “power stations” within your cells — where they are used to manufacture energy.* Basically, it liberates energy from fat. Carnitine also plays a role in over 1000 different functions within cells.
Like L Carnitine, Acetyl-L-Carnitine burns fats to produce energy.* However, it has specific benefits for the brain. Why? Because only Acetyl L Carnitine has the unique ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, meaning it readily enters the brain.
Research indicates that taking R-Lipoic Acid and Acetyl-L-Carnitine together may have a synergistic effect, because R-Lipoic Acid and Acetyl-L-Carnitine complement one another in the production of energy in the mitochondria. In fact, research indicates that the combination of R-Lipoic Acid and Carnitine may be more beneficial than either product taken alone.
Carnitine–Plus is a combination of Acetyl-L-Carnitine and L-Carnitine Orotate, a salt of L-Carnitine and Orotic Acid which is also more absorbable than regular L-Carnitine.
Orotic acid is very useful to the cell – for example, it promotes the reproduction of liver cells and helps normalize liver enzyme systems.* By combining these two forms of Carnitine into one product, Carnitine-PLUS provides effective natural support for your mind, your memory and your mood.*
There is no standardized definition for the term “pharmaceutical grade.” However, we manufacture our products with the utmost concern for product purity, quality, and safety.
We recommend that most of our products be stored tightly sealed in a cool, dry place. R-PLUS products should be refrigerated in the summer months.
* This statement has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.