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Natural Rescue Remedies for Anthrax

Alpha-lipoic Acid

The anthrax bacterium's toxicity comes from its ability to kill macrophage cells which are part of our immune system. Sulfur-bearing antioxidants such as alpha lipoic acid, N-acetyl cysteine, and taurine and vitamin C that elevate levels of glutathione (a natural antioxidant within the body), are found to counter the toxicity produced by anthrax. (1-3)

Alpha-lipoic acid assists in the production of energy. It is also a powerful antioxidant. Alpha-lipoic acid also stimulates immunity and inhibits replication of HIV.

The body synthesizes its own alpha-lipoic acid for use in energy production. However, it makes only trace amounts of alpha-lipoic acid with none to spare.

As an antioxidant, alpha-lipoic acid normally helps the body recycle other antioxidants, including vitamin E, CoQ10 and glutathione. But alpha-lipoic acid serves as a super-antioxidant only when there is an abundance of this substance, which can only happen with supplementation. Alpha-lipoic acid also prevents free radical damage in diabetic nerve damage, cataracts, and the brain, where free radicals contribute to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.

Alpha-lipoic acid reinforces our defenses against infections by:

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ALA helps the body clean up the excess free radicals produced to kill bacteria. (antioxidant action)

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ALA boosts glutathione levels in T cells, thus helping the body fight infections. For example, glutathione slows HIV replication.

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ALA prevents NF-kappa B (a specific protein in DNA) from activating HIV.

Dosage Recommendations

Alpha lipoic acid, N-acetyl cysteine, and taurine may be taken in doses ranging from 50-500 mg.

Use the buffered alkaline form (mineral ascorbates) of Vitamin C rather than the acidic form (ascorbic acid). Combine this with bioflavonoids that prolong vitamin C's action in the blood circulation. Add a tablespoon of vitamin C powder (about 10,000 mgs) to juice.

References

1. Molecular Medicine, November 1994

2. Immunopharmacology, January 2000

3. Applied Environmental Microbiology, May 1979

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