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jonatan

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Our new 'use everywhere' antioxidant mix is now available. It replaces our old lipophilic antioxidant complex. The new formualtion now includes Alpha Lipoic Acid.

Antiox Booster with ALA

0.5 fl. oz.

9.50


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It is still the same base (pomegranate seed oil) still has the same astaxanthin, tocotrienols, vitamin E and lycopene. Now it also has alpha lipoic acid and lutein. Just to make it a more complete antioxidant complex. You still need the hydrophilic antioxidants (like ascorbic, EGCG, grape seed proanthocyanidins) and SOD, because they work in a different "compartment" and they work synergistically. The more, the merrier.

The main reaon for this "booster" is that I think it is inconvenient for our clients to have to buy all the different antioxidants. Also, as you probably know, astaxanthin is really hard to use. It is so viscous that it is impossible to dispense as little as you need to add to a cream. I realized that any astaxanthin was too much for the liquid crystal balm and this booster will be perfect for this purpose.

How much to add? I just add enough booster to give my cream a nice color. I have never been very good at writing down precise protocols (my PhD advisor was too permisive, according to her) and would not make a good formulator. To each his (her!) own.
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How much ALA does it have? Thanks
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Just enough to work as an antioxidant, but if you want alpha lipoic acid for its other effects on the skin, you have to go to high concentrations.
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"...but if you want alpha lipoic acid for its other effects on the skin, you have to go to high concentrations."

Can you you please explain what the other effects on the skin are at higher concentrations?
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Thats a good question - what are the benefits of higher concentration?

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ALA has been used in dermatology for many years, with a paper discussing its use in 1963.

Alpha lipoic acid is something our body makes, in theory it should make no difference whether we take (or apply to the skin) extra. But there is research indicating that it can prevent diabetes and hypertension, for example, and they do not know the mechanism. ALA also accelerates healing and improves quantity and "quality" (prevents crosslinking) of collagen in diabetic rats.

Very low concentrations should be enough because the molecule that ALA forms is not consumed in the metabolic process, it is used again and again as a cofactor for enzymes involved in respiration. However,  ALA is used in some creams at 5% and it seems to be really helpful. In short, I don't know what it's doing when used at such high concentrations!


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Since we dont know why should we use it in higher concentration, this new complex seems perfect!
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Let me clarify: we do know that alpha lipoic acid in high concentrations (5% and higher) has a tightening and anti-wrinkle effect that lower concentrations will not accomplish. What we do not know is WHY, just as we do not know why when taken internally it has an anti-diabetic and anti-hypertensive effect.


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So -- how much ALA should I add to 4 ounces of canvas cream to make it 10% ALA cream?

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