FACTOR 77: Formed by Alfalipoico Acid Co-Q 10, Selenium and Zinc.
ALPHA LIPOIC ACID
Alpha lipoic acid is a powerful antioxidant, with a very interesting property, since it works in both aqueous and lipid environments, unlike most antioxidants that are restricted to only one of the two areas. Due to that property it is considered the universal antioxidant.
Its antioxidant action occurs at three levels: through direct antioxidant effect (by directly scavenging free radicals), indirect antioxidant effect (it is able to recycle other antioxidants that have been destroyed by neutralizing free radicals, such as vitamin E, glutathione, coenzyme Q10 and vitamin C) and by increasing cellular synthesis of glutathione by increasing the expression of the enzyme that limits its synthesis (Gamma-glutamyl cysteine ligase) and by increasing cellular uptake of cysteine (an amino acid necessary for its synthesis).
Because oxidative stress is postulated as the main factor related to the decline in physiological functions, the use of alpha lipoic acid is related to greater protection against free radicals (especially in older people) and is becoming a usual supplement within anti-aging programs.
Coenzyme Q10 is found in all living cells and is the molecule responsible for catalyzing all the processes of energy synthesis, therefore it has a vital function.
Due to the relevance of its function, it is important to maintain adequate levels of this nutrient. Our organism has the ability to maintain them during youth, but from the age of 30, our ability to synthesize CoQ10 is diminished and this situation can lead to the appearance of health changes.
Below we list the main functions of the CoQ10:
• Nourishes the immune system.
• At the cardiac level, it induces relief from angina pectoris and protects against myocardial infarction.
• It has a hypotensive effect.
• Helps to reduce weight naturally.
• Intervenes in the dental repair processes.
• Increases longevity by slowing down the aging process.
• Its antioxidant action is similar to that of vitamin E, since it inhibits cell destruction caused by free radicals by neutralizing them by means of oxygenation reactions.
Selenium contributes to the protection of cells against oxidative damage. It slows down the harmful effect of free radicals since it is part of glutathione peroxidase, an antioxidant enzyme found in the body. This ensures the destruction of hydrogen peroxide, which is formed as a consequence of oxidation. The function of selenium is to prevent this process, by acting on cells and cell membranes.
This mineral is linked to the immune system because it is capable of increasing the production of white blood cells. For this reason, its protective action against cancer, cardiovascular diseases and aging is studied.
Zinc is an antioxidant that acts on insulin secretion, stimulating metalloenzymes with a vital role in health. It is an essential mineral for the body, to maintain the health of the skin and eyes. Zinc has the following properties in our body:
• Helps regulate the activity of the sebaceous (fat) gland in the body, preventing and curing acne.
• It is necessary for the adequate synthesis of proteins.
• It helps in the formation of collagen.
• Collaborate in the proper formation of bones.
• Accelerates proper healing.
• Liver protector, constituent of insulin, in addition to other important enzymes such as the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase.
• Preventive of the formation of free radicals.
• It intervenes in the adequate concentration of vitamin E and the good absorption of vitamin A, both vitamins totally related to the health of the skin.