Alpha lipoic acid (ALA), or Lipoic acid, is a vitamin-like anti-oxidant, sometimes referred to as the “universal anti-oxidant” because it is soluble in both fat and water.
ALA is manufactured in the body and is found in some foods, particularly red meat, liver and yeast.
What it does
- Anti-oxidant: It is able to protect different types of structure in the body from the free radical damage. It also enhances the action of other anti-oxidants including Vitamins C & E, glutathione and Coenzyme Q10. Heavy metals like lead, mercury and cadmium can be chelated to lipoic acid for harmless removal from the body. Lipoic acid protects cell membranes both in and outside the cell.
- Protection of fats: Lipoic acid helps to recycle vitamin E to its tocopherol form and protects LDL cholesterol from oxidative damage.
- Control of blood sugar levels: Lipoic acid assists muscles in making use of glucose, thereby reducing blood sugar levels, it is also part of the process of energy production in cells.
|Anti oxidant protection||Removalof heavy and excess metals||Nerve damage/pain|
|Diabetes||Liver support||Cardiovascular health|
If you take medication for diabetes, consult your doctor before taking alpha lipoic acid.
Generally, there are no side effects or contra-indications from using alpha lipoic acid.
At the time of writing there were no well known negative drug interactions with alpha lipoic acid.