Wednesday, September 28, 2005

R-Lipoic Acid, The Bad News

In The Race To Save a Buck- Everyone Loses.

Are you really taking R-Lipoic Acid?

A major supplier of raw material bulk powders has for more than 6 months been selling what they claim is European R-Lipoic Acid. This product has been going to suppliers and bottlers all over the country and is on store shelves and internet sites under various brands. It priced at the lowest end of the R-Lipoic market, and is not a stabilized r-lipoic (like the ones we carry).

One small problem with this scenario; the material is not R-Lipoic Acid, it is the inferior and much cheaper cousin Alpha-Lipoic Acid. And it is not manufactured in Europe, it is from China.

An enantioselective HPLC testing method clearly showed two peaks, one for RLA and the other for SLA. These twin peaks in the test combined with a melting point analysis, clearly proved beyond a doubt that the product was not what was claimed.

Sadly, it is a buyer beware market right now, and very few distributors, bulk powder suppliers and finished product producers employ any quality measures when it comes to being able to differentiate one product from another.

This bulk powder supplier has been notified of the bogus material of which they have already sold hundreds of kilos. They have been provided the opportunity to do the right thing- stop advertising this material and recall the falsely labeled product.

They have so far chosen to do neither, and are continuing to sell racemic Alpha-Lipoic Acid as R-Lipoic Acid.

R-PLUS R-Lipoic Acid, Good News

Dear GeroNova,

"I just started taking the R-plus – it is amazing. I have multiple disc herniations in my cervical spine and take several excellent herbal anti-inflammatories that keep it under control without screwing up my GI tract or kidneys. I started taking 2 of the R-plus yesterday and the difference in pain/inflammation was unbelievable. I did not realize the pain I was living with until I felt the difference. The R-plus must have really tamped down on the production of the inflammatory cytokines because I really feel the difference. Also noticed the hypoglycemic effect right away. Got a bit dizzy until I ate then felt phenomenal. First time I have felt ANYTHING from a lipoic acid product, and I have taken many in fairly high doses. I am telling everyone I know about so I am sure you will get some calls.

Sincerely,
Greg Maurer"

One More? Sure!

It is hard for me to fully express my appreciation for feedback like this:

"Pete,

I know I've said this before, but I would like to take this opportunity to once again offer my profound gratitude to Relentless Improvement. It is truly refreshing to find a company that exerts so much effort in customer service, product quality, and providing a sense of assurance to the customer. In a world that is all but consumed with the profit motive, you are one of the few gentleman that are left. I thank you striving not to meet standards of integrity in the world of life extension, but in many ways for establishing these standards.
-A Customer"

This sort of thing drives us to raise the bar ever higher. We have many good surprises in store for you in the coming weeks and months. Thank you for your trust and support.

Thank you!
Pete