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Alpha Lipoic Acid / DMAE

Alpha Lipoic Acid

Alpha lipoic (ALA) acid is a sulphur-containing vitamin-like substance playing key roles in the production of ATP and acts uniquely as a potent antioxidant in protecting against both fat and water soluble free radicals. It also extends and enhances the effect of other antioxidants, which are used to defend the body against free radical damage.

DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol)

DMAE is normally present in small amounts in the brain and is known for its remarkable brain-enhancement effects. It is naturally occurring in anchovies and sardines - this may explain why fish has often been said to be a 'brain-food'.

Ascorbyl Palmitate

Vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen and elastin and provides crucial antioxidant mechanisms for health, including skin protection. Ascorbyl palmitate is a form of vitamin C joined with a fatty acid derived from palm oil (palmitic acid). This is an ideal form of vitamin C for skin health as it is non-acidic, fat-soluble and is able to penetrate the cell plasma membrane, thus protecting against free radicals.

Alfalfa, Spirulina, Bilberry blend

This base blend (natural excipient) mix of nutrient dense superfoods provides an ideal range of nutrients to support antioxidant protection and optimal cellular health. This blend is rich in trace minerals, carotenoids, anthocyanidins, chlorophyll, enzymes and more.


One to three capsules daily.

Potential applications

  • Skin health - anti-ageing (wrinkles, lines, sagging skin, age spots, collagen damage, broken capillaries, acne, enlarged pores, under-eye bags and puffiness)
  • Insulin resistance (syndrome X) and diabetic glycation conditions
  • Brain function - ADD, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, memory, mood.
  • Blood sugar disorders such as diabetic neuropathy, retinopathy, and other problems associated with glycation.
  • Fatigue and sleep disorders - DMAE causes dreams to become more lucid (vivid). Both ALA and DMAE have been shown to increase the body's production of energy.

Known contraindications

None known. As a precaution, until further information is available, alpha lipoic acid and DMAE are not recommended for pregnant women.


ANTICHOLINERGIC DRUGS: Theoretically, concomitant use might decrease the effect of drugs with anticholinergic activity, due to the potential cholinergic activity of DMAE.

Use in conjunction with

  • Skin Health - Zinc, EFAs, trace minerals (selenium), beta-carotene complex, pycnogenol/grapeseed
  • Brain Function - EFAs, ginkgo biloba, vitamin E, trace minerals (selenium), L-glutamine, rhodiola


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