Lipoic acid is known for its ability to protect brain and nerve cells from free radicals and toxins.
The "lipoic acid" in common supplements is a 50/50 mixture of two different "lipoic acid" molecules: the natural R(+)-lipoic acid, and the unnatural S(-)-form. This mixture is called the "racemate."
Excessive levels of "transition metals" such as iron, copper, and cadmium are believed to play an important role in many neurological disorders.
An animal study using R(+)-lipoic acid found that it was able to significantly reduce age-related buildup of iron in the brain. Other studies suggest that S(-)-lipoic acid will not work as well.
The S(-)-form should be removed from supplements in favor of pure R(+)-lipoic acid.
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