The Many Brain Benefits of Alcar and ALA, Part 1 – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 134

The Many Brain Benefits of Alcar and ALA, Part 1 – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 134

Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey. Ph

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Today we are discussing the many benefits that Alcar and ALA have on the brain. There is a huge impact on your brain when you use these two nutrients together. These nutrients are involved with energy production and so much more.

What is Alcar?

Acetyl L-Carnitine (ALCAR) is an absorbable form of the amino acid known as L-Carnitine, a naturally occurring amino acid that is synthesized in the liver and kidney. Like L-Carnitine, Alcar produces energy in the mitochondria of the cell. Because it participates in energy metabolism, it can be supportive in healthy brain development, visual memory and overall focus for the general public.

What is ALA? 

ALA, or Alpha-Lipoic Acid, is made by the body and found in every cell. It supplies the body with Lipoic acid that is normally formed and very active in the body. But Lipoic acid activity decreases with age. This is a key nutrient for creating energy out of the calories you eat, functioning with at least two key enzymes needed for energy production. All of the energy required in your body requires Lipoic acid activity.

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Alcar and ALA – Better Together

Alcar and ALA create something called acetyl-coenzyme A out of your food. When you eat fats, proteins, and carbohydrates they go through different pathways to wind up with something called acetyl-coenzyme A. You need ALA to make this and it is very important for the creation of this energy molecule. It is currency for energy. The Alcar shuttles this to your cell – the power plant of the cell where you release and create energy called the mitochondria. So, ALA allows you to create acetyl-coenzyme A and Alcar shuttles it into the cell. This gives your brain energy, as energy production dwindles with age. In fact, Alcar directly creates energy in the brain and is a neurotransmitter. A neurotransmitter is a tiny molecule in the brain that has a profound effect in making the brain work properly and helping to restore metabolism when you are aging. For example, Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that controls your appetite and helps to stabilize your mood.

“In the daytime, Alcar with ALA is driving energy utilization in the brain, or rolling back the clock on an aging brain. At night, it helps to create Melatonin for better sleep quality.”
– Jerry Hickey, Ph.

Alcar and ALA also create a very important molecule called acetylcholine. Acetylcholine interacts with GABA and glutamate to help you learn something. GABA relaxes the neurons so it opens up, acetyl-choline shoves the message in there and glutamate provides the energy to carry out this action. Acetyl-choline also allows you to remember information.

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Key Topic

  • Alcar allows the brain cells to use sugar and ketones for energy production
  • Responsible for creating the neurotransmitters glutamate, glutamine and GABA
  • Three powerful antioxidant-enzyme systems in your brain – Catalase, Superoxide Dismutase, Glutathione Peroxidase

Questions about Alcar with ALA? Leave Jerry Hickey, Ph. a comment below to join the conversation. You can also send us an email at [email protected] today to speak with a degreed healthcare professional. 

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2 thoughts on “The Many Brain Benefits of Alcar and ALA, Part 1 – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 134”

  • Way to go Jerry still imparting your bionutritional wisdom so clearly and precisely since I first listened to you educate at FAIM NYC meetings in the 1980’s +. Please wrap your ALCAR/ALA, CATALASE,SOD,COI science around sudden onset of childhood,puberty,pre-teen Diabetes One with no familial predisposition. Add to that ANY interplay of Gaba,Acetycholine, BDNF et al . My 80yr old Nursing brain is jumping to conclusions ? That there is a connect as I observe & listen to my seventeen-year old grandaughter’s S&S including restless leg, restless sleep>>sleep deprivation==daytime fatigue & lethargy & extreme need for daytime on & off recovery sleep, depression, anxiety. She pays a very high price for her OCD study habits and abillity to recently achieving a college scholarship in spite of everything. But I feel she is still out of control & ? How long she can keep up this pace esp siince she not yet 18 with my daughter’s OK (to encourage self-sufficiency) will be single-living in an off-campus apartment. She is always on daily insulin amts PRN awas anti-anxiety, ?anti-depression Rxs (irregular compliance due to undesirable SE’s). Can you enlighten if there are connections & potential remediation approaches, My experience & opinion’s==MD’S JUST CAN’t THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX ergo is beyond most of them.Please offer nutraceutical intervention support if U can.

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