Alpha lipoic acid

Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is the one and only antioxidant that is both water and fat soluble. This is a great thing because it means that alpha lipoic acid can reach all parts of our cells. This gives our cells ability to trap free radicals inside the body. With less free radicals floating around in our body, the healthier we can be.

Since aging is caused by free radicals causing damage inside our bodies, we can help prevent this from happening by giving our bodies enough alpha lipoic acid. This will give our cells all the power they need to fend off the damage and help keep our bodies youthful from the inside out. Alpha lipoic acid is also responsible for increasing the levels of glutathione. Glutathione increases the body’s ability to get rid of toxins. Alpha lipoic acid can also cross the barrier from the blood into the brain. Therefore the important substance can be used throughout the body and where it is needed. By reaching the cells of the brain, the alpha lipoic acid can eliminate toxins in the brain, which can prevent from having memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, strokes, dementia and even Parkinson’s disease.

Another great thing about alpha lipoic acid is that it has the ability to recycle itself along with other important nutrients including vitamin C and vitamin E. With this ability, the alpha lipoic acid and the other antioxidants continue ridding the body of toxins over and over again. This enables the body to use the alpha lipoic acid in many beneficial ways. Alpha lipoic acid is also being used for patients suffering from diabetes. The important nutrient can help speed up the removal process of the glucose from the blood. It is also beneficial in helping patients with HIV and AIDS to boost the immune system and fight off other illnesses. As well as helping cancer patients get rid of toxins from chemotherapy and prevent tumors from growing larger.

In order to get your required amount of alpha lipoic acid you should eat plenty of green leafy vegetables. Spinach, collard greens, chard, broccoli, and other dark green vegetables are good sources of the nutrient. You may also get enough alpha lipoic acid by consuming animal products. However, animal products are not always the healthiest form of getting these nutrients since animal products also contain high amounts of fat. Yeast is another healthy food that contains alpha lipoic acid.

When it comes to taking an alpha lipoic acid supplement it is important to find the correct form of alpha lipoic acid. Most of the supplements on the market are synthetic form of the nutrient. This can be found on labels as S-alpha lipoic acid. In order to get the true benefits of the vital nutrient you must take the real and true form. This is labeled as R-alpha lipoic acid. This form can be much harder to find and may need to be prescribed by your doctor. When taking the correct from of alpha lipoic acid you do not need to take nearly as much and your body absorbs it much quicker.

If you have a health condition that could benefit from taking alpha lipoic acid, discuss the possibility of using a supplement with your doctor. Before taking any supplement you should talk it over with your doctor. The doctor can also discuss with you the potential side effects of consuming too much of the nutrient. Although there are many wonderful ingredients for our bodies, taking something in moderation is often the best way to ensure your getting the proper amount without causing harm to the body.


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