Summary of L-Threonate
Primary Information, Benefits, Effects, and Important Facts
L-Threonate is a metabolite of vitamin C that is currently being investigated for some vitamin C-like properties as well as its ability to greatly enhance mineral uptake.
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How to Take L-Threonate
Recommended dosage, active amounts, other details
Not enough information is known at this time to suggest an optimal dose of L-Threonate in isolation.
Mineral chelations of L-Threonate should be dosed according to the active mineral content of the chelation.
Scientific Research on L-Threonate
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L-Threonate is a deriviative of L-ascorbic acid 2-phosphate (which in and of itself is a derivative of Ascorbic Acid, otherwise known as Vitamin C).
L-threonate is able to repress the expression of a gene known as dickkopf-1 (DKK-1) which is upregulated by Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in male pattern baldness when co-cultured. It seems to work similarily to L-ascorbic acid 2-phosphate via alkaline phosphatase activity and releasing ascorbic acid into the cell.
Independent of its use as a conjugate to Calcium as Calcium-L-Threonate (to be discussed), L-Threonate has been investigated for its usage in bone health. It has been implicated as working synergistically with calcium in the production of collagen and mineralized nodules. and augments the uptake of ascorbic acid into fibroblasts. By itself, L-theonate can also act on osteoclasts in an anti-osteoporotic manner.
The safety and toxicity of L-threonate has not been investigated.
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- Kwack MH, et al. L-ascorbic acid 2-phosphate represses the dihydrotestosterone-induced dickkopf-1 expression in human balding dermal papilla cells. Exp Dermatol. (2010)
- Enhanced Production of Mineralized Nodules and Collagenous Proteins In Vitro by Calcium Ascorbate Supplemented With Vitamin C Metabolites.
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