15 Warning Signs of Magnesium Deficiency 

Chef Sharon Comment: If I don’t have a magnesium deficiency, I have 90% of the symptoms. I’ve been a borderline diabetic all my life. It never changes no matter how much I change my diet. I’m going to try to remedy some of these symptoms by taking a magnesium supplement.

Did you know that the amount of magnesium found in the blood does not indicate how much is found in the cells? Similarly, you could have a sufficient amount of vitamin B12 in your blood, but your body may not be utilizing it. This is something to consider when deciding on supplementation of vitamins and minerals. Standard blood tests don’t tell the full story – only that it is present or not present in the blood. Don’t you think it’s time to develop more sophisticated blood tests that give an accurate assessment of how your body is utilizing specific nutrients/ could it be that difficult? Or is the scientific community getting lazy?

This article is worth the 15 clicks.

Magnesium deficiency is much more prevalent in common population than we think. It is a serious problem that can have devastating health effects on the body. Mild ones include vomiting, muscle aches and sleep problems. Serious life threatening ones include depression, anxiety, arrhythmias and diabetes mellitus type 2. Supplementation of magnesium and increased dietary intake can prevent a person from all of these damaging effects of magnesium deficiency…

FINISH READING: 15 Warning Signs of Magnesium Deficiency | A2Z Healthy – Page 15

In another article: Magnesium is a vital nutrient in the body that is obtained mainly from fruits and vegetables. It is considered an ‘Electrolyte’, meaning that it helps to carry electrical impulses throughout the body. It is present in VERY large amounts INSIDE of each and every single cell in your body and its movement out of and back into the cells is what makes muscular contraction and thought even possible.

Note: This should be of interest to animal-eaters, specifically those on a paleo diet. If they want to preserve their muscle strength and mental acuity, they may want to include more of nature’s electrolyte in their diet or add a supplement.

Foods most rich in magnesium are high fiber foods, which leaves flesh, blood and milk off the table.



The Inflammation Of Aging By Dr. Greger

The Best Diet for the Inflammation of Aging

Written By Michael Greger M.D. FACLM on August 9th, 2018

SUM: “Folks made to eat five-a-day of high-antioxidant fruits and vegetables, like berries and greens, had a significantly better impact on reducing systemic inflammation and liver dysfunction compared to those eating five-a-day of the more common low-antioxidant fruits and veggies, like bananas and lettuce.”

So, the take-away from this research in the view of the animal-free chef, even though you eat all plants, it won’t help much in the area of “inflammation of aging”, unless you include greens and berries. That’s discouraging. It’s tough enough to go animal-free in an animal-eating world, but to have to eat certain plants for good health as one ages, limits their dietary options.

One of the most recognized consequences of aging is a decline in immune function, illustrated by vulnerability to dying from the flu and poor response to vaccinations. But, about 20 years ago, a paper was published showing that the immune cells of 80-year-olds produced significantly more pro-inflammatory signals. As I discuss in my video, How to Counter the Inflammation of Aging, this suggests the worst of both worlds—a decline in the part of the immune system that fights specific infections and an aggravation of nonspecific overreactions that can lead to inflammation.

This has since been formalized in a concept referred to as a chronic low-grade inflammation that we now know is typical of aging, which may be responsible for the decline and onset of disease in the elderly. So, what can we do about it? Inflamm-aging appears to be a major consequence of growing old. Can it be prevented or cured?

“The key to successful aging and longevity is to decrease chronic inflammation without compromising an acute response when exposed to pathogens.”

How do we do that? Nutrition.

What we eat is “probably the most powerful and pliable tool that we have to attain a chronic and systemic modulation of aging process…” In the first systematic review ever published of the associations between dietary patterns and biomarkers of inflammation, the dietary patterns associated with inflammation were almost all meat-based or so-called Western diet patterns…


The Best Diet for the Inflammation of Aging |


What is hypotension? Hypotension is the medical term given to low blood pressure. It refers to a decrease in the normal rhythm of the heartbeat. When the pressure of blood flowing through the arteries decreases, the body’s organs stop receiving the amount of blood they need to function. What is the ideal diet for hypotensive…

via Proper Nutrition for Hypotensive Patients – Step To Health —


Proper Nutrition for Hypotensive Patients – Step To Health —


Blueberries Improve Memory

Blueberries Can Help Maintain Brain Function and Improve Memory Oxidative stress
can accelerate the brain’s aging process, having negative effects on brain function.
According to animal studies, the antioxidants in blueberries tend to accumulate in areas
of the brain that are essential for intelligence.
They appear to directly interact with aging neurons, leading to improvements in cell
signaling. Human studies have also shown promising results…

Blueberries May Help Reduce Muscle Damage After Strenuous Exercise
Strenuous exercise can lead to muscle soreness and fatigue.
This is driven, in part, by local inflammation and oxidative stress in the muscle tissue.

Blueberry supplementation may reduce the damage that occurs at the molecular level,

minimizing soreness and reduction in muscle performance.

In a small study of 10 female athletes, blueberries accelerated muscle recovery after

strenuous leg exercises )…


Boost Brain Power With Carrot Juice


Boosts immunity
Juicing carrots gives us its concentrated form with all its essential nutrients. Having a glass a day is said to work wonders in boosting immunity. Apart from helping the body against free radical damage, it also protects it against harmful bacteria, viruses and inflammation. Carrot juice also contains various vitamins and minerals such as B6, K, potassium, phosphorous, etc. which contribute to bone health, stronger nervous system and improve brain power


FFC: The best way to obtain optimal results is to drink it daily with a teaspoon of turmeric, powdered ginger and several twists of the pepper mill.



Grapefruit As Appetite Suppressant = Diet Food


Suppress Appetite

Grapefruit works as an excellent appetite suppressant as compared to many other foods. It is said that smell of the grapefruit reduces the feeling of hunger, which is the reason why people often include grapefruits in their weight loss programs. The high amounts of fiber in these fruits can also satisfy hunger, help people avoid overeating, and stimulate cholecystokinin to be released, a hormone that regulates digestive juices and acts as a hunger suppressant….



Try this FAT-FREE PINK CHIFFON DRESSING made from ruby red grapefruit juice on salads and veggies.



My Verdict On Coffee

I’m not talking about caffeinated beverages other than coffee or caffeinated anything for that matter.

It’s all about the coffee itself, every feature of it. Plain, forget what you or I put in it, though mostly for years, except on a rare occasion, I took mine black. For years also, I would take my first cup full strength, then drink the remaining pot diluted with water throughout the day and sometimes evening, anywhere from two to four twelve ounce full strength cups plus all that extra water per day.

Recently I began cutting back.

Continue reading “My Verdict On Coffee”


Heavy Metals Gettin’ You Down?



I don’t know if this works, but logically it appears sound enough for me to at least try it.

Steve eats a big salad every day, yet he still looks and feels toxic. So, adding chlorella, which is a binding agent along with cilantro may make a difference.

I already have chlorella tablets, all I need to do is add cilantro to his salad, then he can take the tablet before, during or after the meal. That’s the plan. Adding water and apple juice to make a smoothie is okay, but why not use the salad as the vehicle? He already drinks a lot of water.

Chlorella is already known for its detoxifying qualities, but cilantro? Who would think a tiny leafy plant could do so much good for you? And it’s cheap considering all it does. They should package this stuff like marijuana if the snake oil claims turn out to be true. It even protects against food poisoning. Those Mexican restaurant owners are pretty darned smart. Put cilantro in everything, and don’t get sick.

I’ve been fooled by false promises before. One more time won’t hurt, and it just might help. Don’t we all have heavy metals in us?

Take a look here too >

Forty-two days seems like a long time for something to work. I take back the marijuana analogy. If I have to wait forty-two days for anything, chances are good that I won’t try it.

Still, I’m mesmerized by the claims.

Let’s see, two dollars a day for a bunch of cilantro is sixty dollars a month just for that. Add the chlorella tablets and the price jumps, plus the other smoothie ingredients. And of course they all have to be organic. The price just jumped again.

I wonder if I put the mixture in a pint of Guinness beer if the metal leaching process will speed up? I know I know, eat the green stuff with a Guinness chaser. That’ll do it. Then I won’t care so much about the cost.

Cilantro doesn’t stay fresh thus edible very long. There’s a lot of waste via dirty bruised bottoms. So you should buy it every day. I wonder if the seeds are as effective? I use a lot of ground coriander seeds in soups and sauces. Does it have to be eaten fresh | raw? I’m thinking about making a coriander cilantro broth. Maybe I’ll add the Chinese Five Spice àla Sharon that I ground up yesterday per Steve’s request. Add some pink Himalayan salt, then while still very hot I’ll clarify it by passing it through a coffee filter. Oh, I should add red cayenne pepper too – just a little, and maybe some fresh lime juice. I’ll let you know if I make it and how it turned out.






Top 19 Health Benefits of Chlorella

FFC Comment: I’ve been taking this supplement for about a month once a day. Since I tolerated it well, I’m going to increase the dose to twice a day.

“If you’ve been tuned in to the health food world over the past few years chances are you have heard of something called chlorella, though you may not know exactly what it is. Often referred to as a potent superfood, chlorella, or c/ vulgaris, is a type of single-celled algae whose incredibly high content of chlorophyll gives it a rich, green colour.

It is one of, if not the highest, food sources of chlorophyll, which may contribute to its impressive array of healing benefits. Many natural health practitioners recommend including chlorella in your daily routine as a nutrient dense dietary supplement and for good reason!

Helpful for everything from weight loss to cellular detoxification, liver support, and immune function this simple little organism packs a big nutritional punch.

Let’s dive a little deeper into this single-celled freshwater algae!…”

FINISH READING: Top 19 Health Benefits of Chlorella – Herb Affair




Plants Are Medicine With Benefits And Side Effects

Benefits and side effects of chicken webMD is what I googled.  Just to be fair, I used the same benefits/side effects website I use as one of my go-to-sites for supplements, plant foods and isolates. This is what I got.

Then I googled BENEFITS AND SIDE EFFECTS OF EATING CHICKEN (even though when looking up a plant food I don’t insert the word ‘eating’). This is what I got.

Some of these are directly linked to broiler chicken, while the others are linked to wrong cooking techniques.

  • Food Poisoning From Broiler Chicken. …
  • Risk Of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacterial Infection From Broiler Chicken. …
  • High Cholesterol Content In Chicken Meat Even Without Skin.

Chicken has long been lauded as a healthier option than red meat, but broiler chicken, with its harmful and antibiotic-resistant bacteria like E. coli, is not the best choice. While the bacteria can be killed by cooking chicken at 165 ˚F, grilling or frying the chicken raises cancer risk. So does a diet that replaces fresh veggies and fruits with just chicken, which is quite high in cholesterol. Choose more plant proteins and roast or stew the chicken…

Source: 5 Side Effects Of Eating Chicken You Need To Beware Of

There are several sites that discuss whether a particular animal is healthy for you or not. It’s usually under certain circumstances for both. More often referred to is what the animal consists of: such as protein, fat, minerals, vitamins – basically the same composition of humans in varying degrees – which are touted as being healthy for the human. I guess based on the theory that if the human could eat itself it would, but because it can’t it needs something very close to it. That theory just doesn’t hold water.

Food is fuel. Fuel is used to activate and drive an entity (whether it be mechanical, a being or a seed). You don’t grind up cars and put them into a tank to fuel the car. You don’t grind up a plant in which to grow new plants. You need to put a seed in soil which is the fuel to nourish the seed and make it grow along with water to keep it moist and steady so it can grow – upward. Manure and compost (decomposed plants) can nourish the soil also, and can be used to steady the plant as it grows. Roots need to anchor to something – or the plant does.

Humans don’t rot animals to add to the soil to make the plants grow better. Nor do they rot humans or other animals, dry them, then put them into their bodies as fuel. Humans and a few other species are the only ones who attempt to eat themselves by eating somebody else. They are the only ones who use as fuel for energy either themselves or a close replica.

It’s a deviation – an abomination.

Who would believe that vitamins, minerals, amino acids, teas, coffee (well yes), alcohol (well yes), vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, grains, legumes, flowers all have benefits and side effects? Mostly all. My conclusion is that plant food is medicine. What you eat matters. If some site merely tells you that what you googled is healthy or not, then assume nobody has studied benefits and side effects. Google the specific item within a food or supplement category for best results.

Google what you consume. What are the benefits and side effects of ___________?



Side Effects & Benefits Of Malic Acid

Malic acid is an organic compound that is naturally found in fruits such as apples. It is often taken as a supplement, especially for the treatment of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Malic acid is known for its ability to increase energy and tolerance to exercise. This is because it is an essential component in the Krebs cycle, which is how our bodies convert food into energy, according to the “Journal of Nutritional Medicine”.

Generally Safe

Since malic acid is naturally occurring and is found in many fruits that we eat safely every day, it is generally regarded as safe. There are no serious or dangerous side effects known or reported regarding malic acid in regular recommended doses, but it is still a good idea to speak with your doctor before taking any new supplements.

Gastrointestinal Problems

Although they are a rare and mild side effect, gastrointestinal problems such as bloating or cramping have been reported by some people who have utilized malic acid supplements, states the Journal of Nutritional Medicine. To avoid gastrointestinal side effects, take malic acid with plenty of water and continue drinking to stay hydrated throughout the day. To prevent gastrointestinal problems, don’t take any dose of malic acid higher than your doctor recommends.

Reduction of Pain

For people who suffer from fibromyalgia and/or chronic fatigue syndrome, eating foods high in malic acid or supplementing with malic acid has been shown to reduce muscle pain and muscle soreness, according to the Journal of Nutritional Medicine. This reduction of pain has been noted to be increased by the addition of a magnesium supplement, along with the malic acid. Some patients with fibromyalgia have noted a relief from pain as early as within 48 hours of taking a malic acid supplement.

Increased Energy…READ ON: Side Effects & Benefits Of Malic Acid



Melatonin Dosage, Melatonin Benefits & Melatonin Cautions

For millions of people, melatonin might be the answer to avoiding another terrible slumber. We know that sleep is highly important to maintaining the health of the entire body and warding off acute and chronic health issues. But what is melatonin? It’s actually a hormone that is responsible for setting our sleep-wake cycle, so long as you have the proper melatonin dosage.

According to new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, one out of three American adults are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis. (1) At the top of the list for melatonin common uses is definitely assistance when it comes to a good night’s rest as a natural sleep aid. Melatonin is used to treat sleep issues resulting from jet lag or insomnia, and it’s even used to help treat certain cancers. (2) Scientific research has shown that it can benefit cancer patients, specifically those diagnosed with breast or prostate cancer. Those are two hormonally linked cancers so it makes sense that a hormone like melatonin can play a pivotal role in their treatment.

Melatonin is naturally produced by our bodies, but caffeine, alcohol and tobacco use can all lower melatonin levels in the body…

Finish reading: Melatonin Dosage, Melatonin Benefits & Melatonin Cautions – Dr. Axe

FFC Comment: I don’t know what a hormone-linked cancer means, or why it makes sense that a hormone-linked cancer can be treated effectively with a totally different hormone. That’s like saying growth hormones or testosterone or estrogen or progesterone or even thyroid pills ( thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) ) can cure breast or prostate cancer.

Melatonin does however induce sleep – at least in me. It doesn’t create a long sleep, just a quick sleep, especially when taking the chewable tablets. I take 5 mg. before bed. I do wake up in 4 hours, however, and had been taking another pill to get 4 more hours. Two for me is too much, since I’m groggy and discombobulated the next day.

So then I take none. And then I take it every now and then. Everywhere I researched, it said not to be taken long-term. Don’t know the why of that. No research on long-term usage is my guess.

I tried it during the day for my dizziness due to concussion, but it made the feeling like I’m going to fall and the dizziness worse.

For those who want to go to sleep quickly I suggest what everybody else suggests, not more than 5 mg. I’m thinking of trying half the dose and see if it works as well. You can’t cut the 5 mg. chewable tablet in half. But since I bought both types, I’m covered.

Melatonin relaxes smooth muscle, which can be helpful for people who have smooth muscle agitation, anywhere in the body. I have urinary incontinence due to a spinal cord injury and Tarlov cysts, so relaxing my bladder further makes it worse. However, I experienced fewer PVCs (premature ventricular contractions) while taking it.



Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Shots

Everybody’s writing about them and basically writing the same thing. Don’t drink the shot undiluted. Dilute in 8 oz. of water or other beverage. Take it on an empty stomach before you eat. Be sure there are carbohydrates in your stomach to interact with the ACV to create a friendly bacteria environment. I’m assuming what they mean is once you eat, after you swallow the ACV shot diluted in water, then eat some carbohydrate categorized food.

According to the multitude of writers if you take pure 100% ACV shots you’ll injure your esophagus, possibly the lining of your stomach and break down the enamel on your teeth.

Of course there’s no science cited to back any of this up, nor anything to back up the claims that people who sell and those who buy ACV make about the product. If there is science I haven’t heard anyone speak of it. And frankly I’m not going to research the research, since all studies are flawed. If a multitude of writers haven’t found it, then I’m not going to waste my time looking.

However, I will say that the number one positive claim made for ACV is that it cures arthritis. I’ve been reading this for decades. If it did indeed do that, then there would be no arthritics in the world, except those who never heard of apple cider vinegar. And every doctor on the planet would be prescribing it to their patients with arthritis. No? It’s like claims made about turmeric. Where do they get this stuff? Nobody gets cured of tissue inflammation and pain by ingesting turmeric. Yet absolute claims are made to its effectiveness. 

I’ve tried it. Many people have tried it. It doesn’t work.

I’ve taken ACV with no positive effect, at least not the ones I was looking for that others made claims on. Unlike so many others I cannot take a pure shot. It stings too much my throat. But I can’t down a shot of liquor either, so maybe I have an overdeveloped nervous system whereby I have increased sensitivity to changes in caustic substances. I know that my husband can drink coffee a lot hotter than I can. He can withstand a lot colder temperatures than I can. So maybe I’m not a good judge of apple cider vinegar.

I’m also wondering how if a high acidic diet can cause inflammation thus pain, how treating that inflammation and pain with more acid is going to cure it.

All that said, here I am on 9 June 2017 pouring a shot of  ACV into a 16 ounce glass of filtered water. Last night before bed I took 1 shot in 8 ounces of water and all it did was give me immediate heartburn and made me nauseated.

So why try again? I bloat a lot. It’s probably due to all the raw veggies and fruits and cooked veggies and eating no animal products. I don’t know really. Animal eaters look like they bloat a lot too. I did the probiotic routine for months and all it did was make me more symptomatic and more bloated.

I don’t have leaky gut. People need to stop diagnosing the whole world with leaky gut to sell probiotics. It’s criminal what they’re doing – terrorizing everybody with threats of impending death if they don’t follow their instructions and purchase what they don’t need. I think an overabundance of probiotics could create an uncomfortable problematic situation, especially since we really don’t know what’s in those capsules and if the exact same pill is good for everybody, then why? No other pill or food for that matter is good for every single person on the planet. Everybody writing about it swears by them – in favor of probiotics. Where are the naysayers?

Can’t we just eat? You mean there really are people who take probiotics who never bloat? Isn’t that part of the digestive process, creating air in the intestines to help propel the food out? Look, I don’t know, but I’m also not just writing what everybody else writes just to get some written material out into the public sphere.

So yeah, I’m trying again, more for appetite suppressant, since it seems that I’ve been hit with that never-ending hunger and fulfilling that need cycle, that everybody else has been bitten by. It’s not the lack of animal in my diet nor the eating of the animal that’s causing it, since animal-eaters are always hungry too – otherwise they wouldn’t be so fat.

Activist vegans like to blame everything that ails a person on the consumption of an animal. Sure, ingesting the flesh and blood of another comes with a myriad of problems, but it is not the cause of all problems.

Three times a day before meals in 16 ounces of filtered water each time. [If I can stop eating between so-called meals I might accurately achieve that]  

I’m going with the water for now. I’ll experiment adding ACV to other fluids later.  Then I eat. I don’t have to worry about putting carbohydrates in my stomach – I’m vegan, I eat carbos.

I do support the claim, more logically than empirically based, that when vinegar is added to complex carbohydrate foods such as beans, rice, potatoes, beets etc., the vinegar mitigates the spike in the glycemic index, that normally occurs in absence of the addition of vinegar to the recipe.





If you juice, then watermelon and/or cucumber are good choices, especially when the melons or cukes aren’t in the greatest shape – off-season.

Although sometimes I’ll juice carrots if I find a good bulk price, usually I let Bolthouse Farms brand do the juicing for me. I prefer to juice items that produce a lot of juice, since I don’t find any use for the pulp that I would enjoy. If I’m going to use the pulp, then I might as well eat the whole carrot.




Okay, so I ask a bartender what she eats to stay slim. I said, ‘now don’t say pizza because I know you don’t eat pizza’. She agreed. I was looking for a tip from a slim person. After all, they must be doing something right.

She drinks a lot of water, and instead of the costly flavored mineral waters, she makes cucumber water.

Any cukes will do, just clean them well, peel or don’t peel, or partially peel and slice them or chunk them. Put them into a large container – I used glass. Then cover with filtered water to the top. Screw on lid and refrigerate.

She said it tastes more refreshing than bottled water and there are no calories, plus the cost is low. I tried it and I agree. It is refreshing. Buy only really fresh, firm cukes. I replaced the water several times before deciding to eat the cucumber slices and starting the process over again.

Great tip in my view.



10 Surprising Health Benefits of Hibiscus Tea

Written By  from Doctor’s Health Press

Hibiscus tea benefits your health in many ways. It helps lower high blood pressure, control blood sugar, lower bad cholesterol, reduce depression and many more.

Hibiscus Tea: Overview

The other day, I was relaxing by the pool in my favorite outdoor recliner. I had my sunglasses on and my favorite summertime beverage in hand. Let me tell you—there is nothing like the tart, cranberry-like flavor of a cool glass of hibiscus tea. I like to sweeten mine with a little honey instead of sugar. I also like to enjoy a hot glass of hibiscus tea during the winter months.

I’m not the only one who loves a good cup of hibiscus tea—it is heavily consumed in the Caribbean, Mexico, China, and Europe. In fact, the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt once enjoyed hibiscus tea as well! In Egypt and Sudan, hibiscus tea has long been used during wedding toasts.

However, hibiscus herbal tea is more than just a delicious beverage. The health benefits of hibiscus tea are what make it so special. Hibiscus tea is made from the deep magenta sepals of the roselle flower, and is thought to be native to Africa. It is also known by its plant name Hibiscus sabdariffa—hence the name hibiscus tea. The hibiscus name also comes from the Greek word hibiskos and is a flowering plant from the mallow family.

It is important to note that there are 232 species of hibiscus, and not all of them are used for tea or healing. For instance, the Hibiscus sabdariffa plant should not be confused with other hibiscus species, such as the non-medicinal Hibiscus acetosella. The traditional hibiscus tea plant has yellow flowers and a red center. The Hibiscus ascetosella has red flowers…

Finish reading: 10 Surprising Health Benefits of Hibiscus Tea



How to Lower Blood Pressure with Hibiscus Tea – The People’s Pharmacy

Hibiscus tea (made from Hibiscus flowers) is tart and many people find it pleasant. There is now scientific evidence that it can lower blood pressure.

Blood pressure control is essential to maintain good kidney health and reduce the possibility of a stroke or heart attack. But it can be difficult to find blood pressure medication that does not have unpleasant side effects. You and your doctor might have to use trial and error to find a medicine you can tolerate. But if blood pressure is only moderately high, could you lower it with hibiscus tea or other kitchen remedies?

Using Hibiscus Tea to Control Blood Pressure:

Q. At my last physical my blood pressure was 158/90, the highest reading I’ve ever had. (I chalked that up to white coat hypertension). It had been running 135/82 or so, which still concerned me. I bought a high-end BP monitor that keeps records on my smartphone.

I started drinking hibiscus tea, 20 ounces iced per day, minimum. After 6 months my readings average out to 109/71.

I don’t add salt when I cook, and I have also started to avoid food with added sodium. I’m sure that has helped as well. I read about the DASH Diet online and found it very enlightening. I’m a 54-year-old menopausal woman who exercises regularly…

Finish reading: How to Lower Blood Pressure with Hibiscus Tea – The People’s Pharmacy



Alpha Lipoic Acid Benefits – From Weight Loss to Neuropathy


Benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid, including facts about ALA and weight loss. What foods contain ALA? Will ALA cure health issues?

Diet Reviews / Ingredient Reviews / Alpha Lipoic Acid Benefits – From Weight Loss to Neuropathy

Alpha lipoic acid, an essential fatty acid, is a part of every cell in the body. It is also a natural antioxidant that aids in turning glucose into energy. [4] [2] It can also be referred to as thioctic acid, lipoate, lipoic acid, ALA, and thioctan. The scientific name is 1,2-dithiolane-3pentanoic acid. [20]

When first discovered in 1951 it was categorized as a vitamin until three decades later when scientists recognized it as a powerful antioxidant that could stop healthy cells from harm by free radicals (unstable oxygen molecules). [19]

Aside from being found in the body’s cells alpha lipoic acid naturally occurs in many foods as well. [8]

Alpha lipoic acid has been used as an alternative medicine for multiple conditions and could be useful for weight loss. [8]

In this content, we will highlight the many uses and health benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid.

What exactly is Alpha Lipoic Acid?

Finish reading: Alpha Lipoic Acid Benefits – From Weight Loss to Neuropathy

Sharon’s Comment: I bought Alpha Lipoid Acid online in veggie caps – all vegan supplement.

Years ago when Steve and I had a toxic mold injury we were prescribed ALA and we both thought it effective – it was prescribed in much smaller doses back then.

Since we both gained weight after a recent exposure to a lot of neurotoxins, over several months,  in a large building inhabited by a multitudinous insect population, I thought it prudent to seek out a supplement that could help our systems heal from the onslaught. Alpha Lipoid Acid came to mind only because I happened upon it while searching for something else on

Most of us are old, so there’s not much concern by the owners of this HUD approved building regarding the damage these toxins can do to the systems of elderly people. Maybe they figure we don’t have long to live anyway, so what’s the big deal – as long as they control the pests we all should be happy.

Hey, not so fast.

Steve and I are not the only ones who gained a lot of weight. Plus quality of life is important as one ages. Don’t bury us before our time because protecting our brains from the damage caused by poisoning the air and all surfaces of one’s living space is a nuisance. There are infants and young children who reside in the building – who stay overnight for days at a time whom the management didn’t consider. One infant died. Nobody knows from what. Infant Death Syndrome they called it. Maybe. Those of us who still have our wits about us aren’t so sure.

Toxins can and do contribute to weight gain, and they should not be ruled out as a weight-gain factor, simply because nobody can actually see them. Toxins, especially neurotoxins, affect all systems of the body. Every cell. So toxins need to be looked at in the pursuit of answers as to why there are so many younger, fat, sluggish people with old people diseases.

These management people have no problem assaulting our bodies and brains with neurotoxins, but are afraid to tell tenants to clean up their living spaces.

In our last lease there was a new provision stating that if a tenant criticized the outfit that owns and runs the place, they would be subject to deportation – ops, I mean eviction.

Here’s to renewed hope that ALA will be just what the doctor should have ordered. It’s not to late.

Here’s another article you might want to read: