UNIVERSAL VERSATILE ANTIOXIDANT
This is one of those antioxidants that is so versatile and beneficial for so many different body responses everyone should incorporate it into their daily supplement routine.
What is Alpha Lipoic Acid? A potent antioxidant that serves multiple roles in our health. It is essential for the production of energy, can be beneficial at helping with type 2 diabetes and nerves disease. It has also been used to treat liver disease such as hepatitis.
It is also known as lipic acid and thioctic acid, it has equal portions of 2 molecules known to our biochemists as R and S isomers. Most of ALA functions and benefits appear to come from the R form.
It functions as a cofactor in glycosis and the Krebs cycle, cellular processes that break down food molecules to produce energy, (which is why we are designed to get hungry to eat, the body needs energy at a cellular level) and it functions as an antioxidant and helps the body to recycle vitamins C and E and glutathione.
According to Lester Packer, PhD, of the University of Southern California, Alpha Lipoic Acid is the “universal antioxidant” because of its myriad activities. The body converts some ALA to dihydrolipoic acid and even more potent antioxidant. It also serves as a precursor to glutathione, which is the most powerful antioxidant made by the body.
Numerous studies have shown that supplementing with alpha lipoic acid can improve insulin function and may also lower blood sugar levels. Considerable research has shown that it improves nerve pain and numbness related to diabetes. Recent researchers have studied the benefits of alpha lipoic acid for other nerve disorders such as sciatic pain.
Other Helpful Benefits:
Liver: alpha lipoic acid restores the liver’s glutathione levels and promotes recovery.
Burning mouth syndrome: Some 1.3 million Americans suffer from burning mouth syndrome. ALA supplements can reduce symptoms of this painful condition, In one study, 42 women were followed and 18 men with the burning mouth syndrome. They were given either 200 mg of ALA or placebos 3 times daily for 2 months. Nearly all of the patients on ALA showed improvement compared to placebo and 75% benefited substantially with some experiencing complete recovery.
Weight loss: ALA has potential benefits in appetite control & weight loss.
Mental sharpness: a combination of alpha lipoic acid and acetyl L carnitine can lead to greater physical energy for some and mental sharpness according to studies. Both nutrients are involved in how cells break down food to make up energy.
- Overall Benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid:
Encourages energy production.
Supports blood sugar levels already within the normal range.
Protects the liver.
Supports the cardiovascular system.
Supports nerve cell health
Supports the nervous and glandular systems.
Enhances the efforts of other antioxidants.
How It Works:
Most antioxidants are either water- or fat-soluble. Alpha lipoic acid is both, making its protective powers available to all cells in the body. Subsequently, ALA is often called the universal antioxidant, and it can protect the integrity of the cell membrane as well as offset cell stress. ALA protects the cell membrane and promotes mitochondrial activity to keep your body and its tissues young. It also helps support the body’s natural removal of toxins. ALA directs calories away from fat production and toward energy production. Each capsule provides 250 mg alpha lipoic acid.
Alpha lipoic acid and turmeric root.
Take 1 capsule with a meal twice daily.
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