The acronym ALA is used for alpha linolenic acid as well as alpha lipoic acid. In this article, ALA represents alpha lipoic acid, an easily supplemented compound that helps resolve liver issues, cognitive diminishing, failing eyesight, neurological disorders, and even more. The more it is researched, the more it appears to be a miraculous substance that’s easy to supplement.
ALA (alpha lipoic acid) is a potent antioxidant, but unlike most other antioxidants, ALA functions in cellular water or fat. Though it is produced in our bodies, production wanes as we age. So supplementing with ALA is yet another approach to anti-aging.
It is unique because it can actually recycle glutathione, considered the master antioxidant because it recycles other antioxidants after they are used up from capturing free radicals. So the ALA antioxidant even recycles the master antioxidant.
Glutathione is also critical for liver and overall health. Glutathione cannot be introduced into our systems directly because it can’t get past the GI tract. Its normal production from the liver can only be stimulated externally by precursors. Recycling glutathione is very helpful for maintaining much-needed high glutathione levels.
ALA combines synergistically with both glutathione and CoQ10 to maximize free radical protection. As we age, uninhibited free radicals destroy internal tissues and allow bone mass deterioration.
ALA’s ability to penetrate the blood-brain barrier and function in fats (the brain is composed of mostly fatty tissue) has helped repair stroke victims’ brain damage. It also shows promise for protecting against and repairing nerve damage from neuropathy caused by injuries, strokes, diabetes, or toxic pharmaceuticals. Neuropathy is experienced as tingling or burning sensations as well as numbness.
Again, since ALA functions in cellular fats as well as cellular water or serum, ALA eye penetration has enhanced glaucoma victims’ vision and seems to slow cataract growth and retinal deterioration.
There is also plenty of research proving ALA’s protection of the liver – that under appreciated organ responsible for cleaning our human housing. A good deal of low energy symptoms come from weakened livers overburdened with toxins that are so abundant in our environments and foods.
ALA Serves Beyond Being a Superior Antioxidant
ALA converts blood glucose into energy on a cellular level, which contributes to leveling out blood sugar. A corollary to this comes from recent research. That corollary involves metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and poor coronary health. The research found that ALA supports insulin sensitivity and endothelial (blood vessel) function.
Even bone health is aided by ALA’s ability to suppress osteoclast cell production, which affects bone quality and mass. It’s not unusual for some commercial chelation products to be mixed into ALA, because ALA alone has heavy metal chelation capabilities. It’s obvious that ALA is a full spectrum supplement covering a wide range of health issues.
Important Consumer Tips:
When a product is labeled simply “alpha-Lipoic Acid”, this means that it is a 1:1 mixture of R- and S-alpha-Lipoic Acid. This mixed form is easiest and cheapest to make synthetically. If the product label says “R-alpha-Lipoic Acid”, then the product is, of course, just the R-form of alpha-Lipoic Acid.
R-alpha-Lipoic Acid is the form normally found in the body and it’s more effective. Also make make sure the product label says the R ALA is “Stabilized”.