The History of ALA in Warheads on Foreheads
Some of the ingredients of Warheads on Foreheads have interesting development history. Years before Warheads on Foreheads (WHOF) was conceived as a product, the developer took Omega-3 fatty acids every day for a slew of health benefits. When the decision was made to turn WHOF into a single product the formula was originally planned with Omega-3s. After two experimental batches of globby gloop the replacement of Omega-3 became a high priority of research. Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is very similar to Omega-3s (Alpha-Linolenic Acid) and had already been tested with various initial WHOF configurations. The health benefits of ALA are similar to those of Omega-3s with an added bonus of assisting mitochondrial function (the stuff that gives you energy). In an ideal situation you would get both ALA and Omega-3s in your diet. The developer still takes fish oil with WHOF.
What is Alpha Lipoic Acid?
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is is a mitochondrial fatty acid that is highly involved in energy metabolism. It is synthesized in the body and consumed through meat and some vegetables. Because of the bodies ability to synthesize ALA it is not an essential part of diet (like L-Phenylalanine) but can produce some pretty pretty handy health benefits. There are two major methods through which ALA affects health benefits:
- ALA promotes mitochondrial throughput of glucose (energy creation)
- ALA is a very flexible anti-oxidant
Cool story, how does ALA help my brain function?
Back to business: ALA’s primary function in WHOF is the throughput of glucose in the mitochondria. The brain has a very high density of mitochondria – because it needs to do work. In a very general sense (but not always true) things that boost mitochondrial function will improve your cognitive abilities. If you are reading these articles sequentially you may notice that ALA and Carnitine create a similar effect (though, ALA has nothing to do with the cholinergic system).
ALA: the Flexible Anti-Oxidant
Once again in line with the capabilities of Carnitine, ALA is a powerful anti-oxidant. Where Carnitine is fat soluble and goes to the brain, ALA is both fat and water soluble and travels more readily through the body. Studies have shown that ALA is useful in fighting elements of diabetes and aging. ALA does this by protecting the cells from oxidized “stuff” from other cellular activity. ALA has been proven effective in fighting nerve damage and assisting nerve repair. In the long term perspective you want things that protect the nervous system in place to protect your body during high stress (like grunt life).
You don’t want to overdo it on the anti-oxidants: check this article out for some good background. But a correct application will enable you to keep your body functioning much longer. Like other elements of WHOF your body will use ALA much more effectively if you put yourself under some artificial (or real) stress from training and working out.
Is ALA dangerous?
Yes, in doses much more than 6x the dose in WHOF. The deduction from this: do not take six doses of WHOF and eat steak and spinach. As with other elements of WHOF the occasional off cycle is suggested, see the FAQs.