Alpha-Lipoic Acid

What is Alpha-Lipoic Acid?
Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is a powerful antioxidant and has been a popular dietary supplement since the 1990′s. When cells use oxygen, they create harmful byproducts known as free radicals. Free radicals may cause diseases such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s, and antioxidants work against these free radicals. ALA specifically prevents damage to the cells, helps the cells produce energy in cooperation with other substances such as B vitamins, facilitates the re-use of vitamins C and E during times of stress, and dissolves toxic substances in the liver through an increase of gluthathione levels.

What are the health benefits of Alpha-Lipoic Acid?
ALA can be used to treat diabetes by relieving diabetic neuropathy and reducing sensitivity to insulin, can help reduce swelling and support circulation for conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, can be used to help the body recover from chronic fatigue syndrome, can be used to prevent ocular degeneration and glaucoma, and can also be used for enhancing the memory.

What foods are good sources of Alpha-Lipoic Acid?
ALA can be found in meats (specifically meats of the kidney, heart, and liver), and plants such as spinach, broccoli, and potatoes.

Are there other ways to take Alpha-Lipoic Acid?
ALA can also be taken as a dietary supplement and is available online, in health food stores, and in the offices of alternative medical practitioners.

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