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What is alpha-lipoic acid?

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Your body makes alpha-lipoic acid, a natural chemical that's in every cell you have.

As an antioxidant, it attacks free radicals throughout the body.

In skin care products, companies tout it as a substance that can erase fine lines and wrinkles, diminish pores, and give skin a healthy glow.

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Acai.”

Marilyn Berzin, MD, dermatologist, DC Derm Docs, Washington, DC.

Hoppe, U. Biofactors, 1999.

Blatt, T. European Journal of Geriatrics, 1999.

University of Maryland Medical Center: ''Alpha-lipoic acid.''

Kawasumi, M. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, August 16, 2011.

Kaczvinsky, J. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, September, 2009.

Blatt T. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, April 1999.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 27, 2019

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Acai.”

Marilyn Berzin, MD, dermatologist, DC Derm Docs, Washington, DC.

Hoppe, U. Biofactors, 1999.

Blatt, T. European Journal of Geriatrics, 1999.

University of Maryland Medical Center: ''Alpha-lipoic acid.''

Kawasumi, M. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, August 16, 2011.

Kaczvinsky, J. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, September, 2009.

Blatt T. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, April 1999.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 27, 2019

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