Alpha Lipoic Acid 400 mg
Benefits at a Glance
Fights against oxidation and inflammation
Protects against heart disease, liver disease and diabetes
Supports the nervous system and healthy liver function
A key component of the metabolic process
Helps maintain healthy glucose metabolism
Alpha lipoic acid is both water and fat soluble which allows it to function in almost any part of the body as an antioxidant. A key component of the metabolic process, alpha lipoic acid produces energy in muscles and directs calories into energy production. In addition, it helps maintain healthy glucose metabolism, supports the nervous system and provides nutritional support for healthy liver function. In one study, alpha lipoic acid decreased serum lactate and pyruvate and promoted healthy glucose metabolism in lean and overweight individuals. Alpha lipoic acid supported nerve health in subjects who participated in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter trial. The ability of alpha lipoic acid to modulate nitric oxide metabolite activity and to promote healthy microcirculation accounted for its ability to promote nerve cell health in two separate studies.
Why take Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)?
ALA is a fatty acid found in the mitochondria and is highly involved in energy metabolism. It is synthesized in the body and can be consumed through eating meats and minimally in some fruits/vegetables. In supplement form, it has shown benefit against various forms of oxidation and inflammation. These effects carry on to benefits that protect one from heart diseases, liver diseases, diabetes, and neurological decline with age.
It is a potent anti-oxidant compound. It works with mitochondria and the body's natural anti-oxidant defenses. It is also seen as an anti-aging compound since it can reverse some of the oxidant damage related effects of aging.
Double blind studies have shown the following:
- Not yet compared to reference drugs, but it has been subject to a meta-analysis and appears to be more effective than other options for reducing nerve pain associated with diabetes.
- May increase blood flow, although not to a remarkable degree. Possibly secondary to antioxidative effects.
- There appears to be a slight reducing effect on HbA1c
- May increase nerve regeneration rates and be of aid to nervous system injury
- Appears to reduce biomarkers of oxidation
This product is commonly taken with L-Carnitine supplements as they are related in mechanisms. ALA gives a short but potent reduction in oxidation by increasing antioxidant enzymes and it can also lower blood glucose.
Serving Size: 1 Capsule
Amount per serving
Alpha Lipoic acid[thioctic acid] ..... 400mg
Other ingredients: hypoallergenic plant fiber (cellulose), ascorbyl palmitate, vegetarian capsule (cellulose, water)
Dosage and use
- 1–2 capsules daily, in divided doses, with meals.
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