Alpha Lipoic Acid is an antioxidant,
and is widely used in prevention of various diseases.
Its main function is to increase production of glutathione,
which helps dissolve toxic substances in the liver.
An antioxidant helps neutralize free radicals in our
bodies and protects our cells from damage. A free
radical is an unstable molecule that tries to steal
electrons from other molecules, thus causing damage.
Smoking, pollution, car exhaust, fried foods are some
sources of free radicals.
Alpha lipoic acid can be found in
foods such as meats, and veggies (ie. spinach). Alpha
lipoic acid is also easily absorbed into the blood
stream, and it can also cross the blood brain barrier.
Alpha Lipoic Acid Benefits
Alpha Lipoic Acid has many benefits,
and all types of people will benefit from taking ALA.
ALA will be even more beneficial for individuals with
some of the following conditions:
Diabetes or higher than normal
blood sugar levels
Have high cholesterol levels
Are affected by cataracts (in
Cardiovascular problems such
as hardening of arteries
There is a long list of benefits
of Alpha Lipoic Acid, some have even gone as far to
call it the "ideal antioxidant". Below are
some benefits of taking alpha lipoic acid.
Alpha lipoic acid helps make
vitamin C and E work better
ALA is a powerful antioxidant
that fights free radicals
It's easily absorbed either from
food eaten or from supplements
Alpha lipoic acid helps increase
glutathione which helps with detoxification
It helps protect the lens and
retina of your eyes from degeneration, and also
helps alleviate glaucoma
Alpha lipoic acid is used to
treat and detox the liver
Obviously, the 2 biggest benefits
from supplementing Alpha lipoic acid is its powerful
antioxidant properties, and its ability to help increase
Glutathione levels which plays a big role in dissolving
toxic substances in the liver.
Alpha Lipoic Acid Side Effects
Alpha lipoic acid has few if any
side effects. The recommended daily dose is between
50mg to 100mg, and higher doses can cause nausea and
upset stomachs, and excessive doses can even lead
to low blood sugar. On the plus side, taking alpha
lipoic acid can sometimes lead to a mild and relaxing
feeling, and lead to a better feel of well-being.