Alpha Lipoic Acid


What Is Lipoic Acid?
Lipoic acid is a powerful antioxidant that protects and repairs cells and reduces damage caused by oxidation; it also improves the efficacy of vitamins C and E, two other well-known antioxidants. Lipoic acid supports liver health, immune system function, healthy circulation, clear vision, and glucose metabolism, as well as cardiovascular and neurological health. It’s an important component of metabolic systems, and since it’s both fat- and water-soluble, it has unique characteristics and a distinct advantage over other antioxidants.

Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is a naturally-occurring compound that our body produces and that we also consume from dietary sources, such as red meat, spinach, and wheat germ. While our body produces sufficient lipoic acid under normal circumstances, it may be considered a “conditionally-essential” nutrient like coenzyme Q10, where the body’s own manufacture of alpha-lipoic acid may not be enough during conditions of oxidative stress. In situations like this, or for individuals who have a natural deficiency of this important antioxidant, supplementation with alpha-lipoic acid would be extremely beneficial.

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