Alpha Lipoic Acid – ALA is a Powerful Antioxidant Supplement

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This has to be by far one of my favorite supplements! Sharing information on this amazing supplement excites me. Alpha lipoic acid is an antioxidant that is made by the body and is found in every cell. This amazing antioxidant helps turn glucose to energy, and this is just one of the many amazing benefits of supplementing with alpha lipoic acid.

Alpha lipoic acid is an enzyme found within the mitochondria which is the powerhouse of our cells that helps us create and regenerate energy. This powerful antioxidant can be further enhanced by other antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin E.

When our systems are running efficiently, we can create enough alpha lipoic acid for our metabolic functions, but further supplementation allows this antioxidant to circulate in a free state. While in this unique state, alpha lipoic acid has the ability to function as both a water and fat soluble antioxidant. Most antioxidants can be effective in either one or the other (water or fat). Another very important role of alpha lipoic acid is it’s role in the production of glutathione, another powerful antioxidant produced by the body.

alpha-lipoic-acidAlpha lipoic acid helps to break down sugar. By doing this, energy can be produced from the sugars through cellular respiration. Also, research has shown that alpha lipoic acid has an important role in antioxidant defense. It is a broad spectrum antioxidant that has the ability to quench a vast range of free radicals in both water and fat domains in the human body. It also has the ability to recycle other important antioxidants which include vitamin C and E, glutathione, coenzyme Q10, and also itself.

There are several benefits from taking alpha lipoic acid. The average dose is 50-100mg a day. However, scientific studies have show that benefits from alpha lipoic acid can be achieved with doses ranging from 300mg to 1800mg per day, with no toxic effects. There are no known adverse side effects when supplementing with alpha lipoic acid, even at the higher dosages. Also, another important side note, the dosage of 600mg per day has been used for treatment of diabetic neuropathy, with again no side effects.

Some of the Many Benefits of Supplementing with Alpha Lipoic Acid are (ALA is best if taken with biotin, which is another great supplement):

  • Reduces oxidative stress.
  • Improves several indices of metabolic activity.
  • Prevents cellular damage from free radicals.
  • Decreased insulin resistance.
  • Lowers the degree of oxidative stress.
  • Increases mitochondrial energy levels.
  • May be helpful in patients with diabetes.
  • May help to protect the brain from damage following stroke.
  • Increases removal of glucose from the bloodstream.
  • Offers promise in optimal vision health.

In the Perricone Weight loss Diet, by Dr. Perricone, he names alpha lipoic acid as a “superstar supplement” in his weight loss program. He goes on to say that aside from it being a potent antioxidant, it is also a potent anti-inflammatory. He continues by praising this supplement to aid in enhancing our food metabolism.

This is just one of many doctors, scientists and nutritionists who rave about the ability of the enzyme to better our quality of life, help to alleviate or prevent some aliments and it’s ability to assist in weight loss. I have yet to read any research that has knocked this supplement or warned to not take it.

If your desire is to have a better quality of life, more energy, and possible weight loss (the natural way), then look into this supplement. It is amazing!

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Diane Mohlman

I'm a ISSA certified fitness trainer, specialist in performance nutrition, fitness therapy and youth fitness. I continue to educate myself on the topics of health and fitness. This industry is ever changing and new discoveries are made constantly. I have such a love for this field, and also helping people better their lives! See my profile page for more information.

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