Alpha Lipoic Acid is a mitochondrial fatty acid, a cofactor in synthesis of ATP and a potent antioxidant. Alpha Lipoic acid is a naturally occurring antioxidant made by human body. It is a fatty acid and is found in every cell of the body, where it helps turn glucose into energy. During the conversions process body generates waste (free radicals) and Alpha Lipoic Acid attacks them and remove them from body. Free radicals cause harmful chemical reactions that can damage cells, organ & tissues, thereby making them vulnerable to infections.
Alpha Liopic is a unique antioxidant and sometimes known as “Universal Scavenger” as it is both fat and water soluble and can remove free radicals from both water and fat in the body. Other antioxidants such as Vitamin C can only work in water or Vitamin E with fatty tissues. Alpha Lipoic Acid can work throughout the body and attacks free radicals and may help regenerate & activate other antioxidants such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
Alpha-Lipoic acid is found in several food products and our body naturally make it. If you are healthy, your body makes enough alpha-lipoic acid. It is also found in broccoli, spinach, red meat, organ meats (such as liver), and yeast — particularly brewer’s yeast.
However you may like to supplement ALA in following situations:
It has been found that Alpha-Lipoic acid may help with Type 2 diabetes and can improve Insulin resistance. Studies also show that Alpha-lipoic can help with nerve damage (neuropathy), caused by diabetes or cancer treatment. Alpha Lipoic Acid seem to reduce symptoms like pain, tingling, and prickling in the feet and legs. ALA may also help protect retina from damage caused by diabetes.
As Alpha lipoic acid can cross the blood-brain barrier (a wall of tiny vessels and structural cells), it is thought to protect brain and nerve tissue by preventing free radical damage.
As an antioxidant, alpha lipoic acid can neutralize free radicals which can damage cells. Free radical damage is thought to contribute to aging and chronic illness.
It has been found that Alpha-lipoic acid might help with the symptoms of dementia.
Alpha-lipoic acid cream might help skin damage related to aging.