Frequently Asked Questions

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:

What is Lipoic Acid and Why Take It?

Q:What is Lipoic Acid?
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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.*

Q:What is the difference between R-lipoic acid and Alpha Lipoic acid?
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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.

Q:Why is R-Lipoic Acid superior to (R/S) alpha-lipoic acid?
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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!

Q:What are other benefits of Lipoic Acid?
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Other benefits include:

  • Lipoic Acid is the only antioxidant that is soluble (that dissolves) in both fat and water, so it may protect the fatty cell membrane and the aqueous cell interior — from harmful free radicals.*
  • Lipoic Acid makes other antioxidants, such as vitamin C, vitamin E and CoQ10, work better.
  • Lipoic Acid can reduce the aches and pains associated with aging.*
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What is the difference between GeroNova’s products and other ‘unstabilized’ R-lipoic acid being sold?

Q:What is Bio-Enhanced® R-Lipoic Acid?
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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.

Q:What is the difference between Bio-Enhanced® R-Lipoic Acid and ‘free’ R-Lipoic acid?
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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.

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Questions About Our Products

Q:What products do you offer as Bio-Enhanced® R-Lipoic Acid?
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Our Bio-Enhanced® R-Lipoic Acid is available in two water-soluble products

  1. Vegetarian capsules as Na-RALA (the sodium salt form of R-Lipoic Acid)
  2. A 10% solution as K-RALA-10, the potassium salt form of R-lipoic acid)
Q:What is the benefit of water-soluble products?
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The benefit of water-soluble R-Lipoic Acid salts is that they are absorbed quickly and are therefore fast-acting.

Q:What is R-Dihydrolipoic acid? (R-DHLA)
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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.

Q:Why do you use R-Dihydrolipoic acid in your R-PLUS product?
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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.

Q:Which product is better?
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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.

Q:How much R- lipoic acid does an adult need?
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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.

Q:How soon will I see results from supplementing with R-Lipoic Acid?
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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.

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Questions about Carnitine

Q:What is Carnitine?
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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.

Q:Why take Acetyl-L-Carnitine with Lipoic acid?
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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.

Q:What is in your Carnitine–Plus?
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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.

Q:Why use Orotic Acid?
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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.*

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Questions about manufacturing and storage

Q:Are your products Pharmaceutical Grade?
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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.

Q:What is the best way to store your products? Do any products require refrigeration?
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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.

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* 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.