Alpha-Lipoic Acid Supplements
Work in Every Part of Your Body

Alpha-lipoic acid supplements (ALA) are super-antioxidants that break many of the rules regarding antioxidant behavior. Dr. Lester Packer, one of the world’s foremost antioxidant research scientists and antiaging expert, calls alpha lipoic acid the most versatile and powerful antioxidant in the antioxidant network family.

Alpha-lipoic acid is unique in that is is both fat- and water-soluble, so it can work everywhere, which is why it is sometimes called the universal antioxidant.

Alpha-lipoic acid is an antiaging, antioxidant
and anti-inflammatory miracle —
with 400 times the antioxidant strength
of vitamin E and C combined!

Alpha-lipoic acid's primary job is to allow mitochondria (the power plants in your cells) to turn glucose into energy, increasing your energy levels.

In addition to its ability to neutralize a wide variety of free radicals, ALA is the only antioxidant that can recycle and replenish all of the so-called network antioxidants: vitamin E and C, glutathione and CoQ-10. Alpha-lipoic acid is also capable of recycling itself, the only antioxidant capable of doing this.

Benefits of Alpha-Lipoic Acid

The primary health benefits you may get from ALA supplements are:

  • improvement of insulin function and decreased insulin resistance
  • protection against stroke-related brain injury, memory and brain aging
  • removal of excess mercury, lead, iron, aluminum and copper
  • prevents the activation of bad genes that can lead to disease
  • protects your skin from sun exposure
  • reduction of retinal disease and cataract formation
  • prevents the oxidation of LDL cholesterol
  • rejuvenates mitochondria in your cells to give you more energy
  • prevents muscle and tissue damage during intense workouts
  • speeds muscle recovery
  • protects the liver and helps regenerate damaged liver cells

ALA supplements may play a role in the
prevention and/or treatment of the following:

  • Cataracts
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Glaucoma
  • AIDS
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Impaired glucose tolerance
  • Insulin resistance
  • Liver diseases
  • Lung cancer
  • Radiation injury

Alpha-Lipoic Acid Supplements

Alpha-lipoic acid is typically available in doses of 50-600 milligrams, sometimes combined with the amino acid acetyl-l-carnitine, which works to boost its antioxidant capacity. Acetyl-l-carnitine assists in the transport of fat into the mitochondria of the cell, where the fat is burned to produce energy.

More information on lipoic acid and related antioxidants:

Lipoic Acid: The Universal Antioxidant

Other Antioxidant Supplements

Antioxidants Home Page from Alpha-Lipoic Acid Supplements


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