- Recycler of other antioxidants
- Elevates intracellular glutathione levels
- Stops progression of Alzheimer’s
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is the most powerful antioxidant nutrient known. It performs a wider range of functions than any other nutrient. As we age we make less lipoic acid. Those who want optimal wellness and especially those with chronic ailments will find lipoic acid to be an extremely helpful supplement.
Conditions that will benefit from lipoic acid include diabetes, hepatitis, AIDS, psoriasis, eczema, burns, skin cancer, MS, Lou Gehrig’s and Parkinson’s diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, scleroderma, autoimmune disease, macular degeneration, stroke, and elevated levels of toxic metals. This remarkable antioxidant also recycles other nutrients. It actually regenerates vitamins C and E, CoQ10 and even itself. Lipoic acid is one of the most well-researched nutrients used to reduce symptoms of neuropathy. 600 mg per day of lipoic acid was found to keep cognitive function stable in Alzheimer’s patients.
Diabetics benefit greatly from lipoic acid by increasing insulin sensitivity, reversing complications including neuropathy, cataracts, tissue damage due to elevated blood sugar, the build up of plaque in the arteries, and end stage kidney disease. In the brain, it does several things. It removes heavy metals that can poison your brain cells. More importantly, lipoic acid is a critical nutrient for your mitochondria, your cells’ furnaces. Your mitochondria need lipoic acid to generate energy for your cells. Lipoic acid also improves the blood flow to your brain and recycles glutathione, a detoxifying agent in your cells.
Our health is directly connected to how much glutathione we have. Glutathione protects the body from free radicals produced by alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking, smog, processed foods, stress, and poor diet. Free radical damage is being investigated as a cause of many types of cancer. Lipoic acid inhibits the development of cancer and has the potential to stop cells that are genetically programmed to become cancerous from ever becoming cancerous. Lipoic acid protects the liver from toxins, including medications, acetaminophen (Tylenol), alcohol, industrial chemicals and fungal toxins (poisonous mushrooms).
Lipoic acid boosts the power of all other supplements you are taking. Whether you are seeking to prevent disease or you want to regain your health, lipoic acid helps your body on a wide variety of levels.
Recommended daily dose: 300 mg to 1,200 mg