How to cope with inventory shortages

The numerous inventory shortages caused by the pandemic have become a frustrating reality for both merchants and consumers. Unfortunately, it looks like they will be a part of our daily lives for a while. Here are some tips that we hope will help you get through the turmoil:

  1. Order early. Don't wait to finish a product if you want to keep taking it.
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  3. Ask your health care professional to suggest one or two alternatives for each product he/she recommends you take.
  4. Because of their higher quality standards, some brands have more difficulty sourcing their raw materials than others. Here are a few brands that currently have a very low backorder rate (less than 5%) or return times: Ortho Molecular Products, New Roots Herbal, Metagenics, AOR, Alterra, HerbalGem, Pranarom, Viazen. Reduce the risk of disappointment by choosing these brands.
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Alpha Lipoic (R+) 150 mg
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Product Details

Common alpha lipoic acid supplements are a 50/50 mixture of the natural R lipoic acid, and the synthetic S lipoic acid. These mixtures are called “racemates.” In some cases, S (–) lipoic acid is simply less effective than R (+) lipoic acid. But in other cases, the S form actually acts in opposition to the activity of R lipoic acid. Only the R(+) enantiomer exists in nature and is an essential cofactor of four mitochondrial enzyme complexes and is the only form our bodies can synthesize.

Alpha lipoic acid also plays an important role in the synergism of antioxidants, what some doctors prefer to call the body’s “antioxidant network”. It directly recycles and extends the metabolic life spans of vitamin C, glutathione, and coenzyme Q10, and it indirectly renews vitamin E.

In Germany, alpha lipoic acid is an approved medical treatment for peripheral neuropathy, a common complication of diabetes. It speeds the removal of glucose from the bloodstream, at least partly by enhancing insulin function, and it reduces insulin resistance, an underpinning of many cases of coronary heart disease and obesity. The therapeutic dose for lipoic acid is 600 mg daily (the richest food source of alpha lipoic acid is red meat.)

From a therapeutic viewpoint, few natural antioxidants are ideal. An ideal therapeutic antioxidant should fulfill several criteria. These include absorption from the diet, conversion in cells and tissues into usable form, a variety of antioxidant actions (including interactions with other antioxidants) in both membrane and aqueous phases, and low toxicity. Alpha lipoic acid is unique among natural antioxidants in its ability to be a highly effective therapeutic agent in a number of conditions in which oxidative damage has been implicated.

Ingredients

Each vegetable capsule contains:

Medicinal Ingredient: R+ alpha-lipoic acid (1,2-dithiolane-3-pentanoic acid) 150 mg 

Other ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose and vegetable magnesium stearate in a non‑GMO vegetable capsule composed of vegetable carbohydrate gum and purified water.


Suggested Use

Adults: As a dietary supplement, take 1–2 capsules twice daily with food or as directed by your health-care practitioner.


Cautions

Contains no: Gluten, soy, wheat, corn, eggs, dairy, yeast, citrus, preservatives, artificial flavour or colour, starch, or sugar.

Cautions and warnings: Consult a health-care practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, or if you have diabetes. Discontinue use and consult a health-care practitioner in case of sweating, paleness, chills, headache, dizziness, and/or confusion, as these may be symptoms of serious low blood sugar.

Store in a cool dry place. Do not use if seal is broken. Keep out of reach of children.


Ingredients

    Medical ingredients