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Alpha-Lipoic Acid

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Alpha-Lipoic Acid

What is Alpha-Lipoic Acid?


Alpha-Lipoic Acid is a naturally occurring antioxidant that is synthesized in small amounts in the body. This antioxidant can be found in every cell in the body, where its main role is to help the body turn glucose into energy. It can also reactivate antioxidants such as Vitamin C, co-enzyme Q10 and glutathione. In general, antioxidants work only in water or fatty tissues, but alpha-lipoic acid is both fat and water soluble, meaning it can work throughout the body. Antioxidants are most notable for attacking ‘free radicals’ in the body. Free radicals cause harmful chemical reactions that can damage cells, making it harder for the body to fight off infections. They can even cause damage to organs and tissues. In general, if your body is healthy it can make sufficient levels of alpha-lipoic acid. It can also be found in foods such as red meats and yeast.

 

Alpha-Lipoic Acid Supplements

When the body is not making enough alpha-lipoic acid and it is not consumed through the diet, supplementation may be necessary. Alpha-lipoic acid is available in Evergreen Healthfoods in a number of supplements and in different strengths, so you are sure to get exactly what you are looking for. Take a look at our extensive range for more information on this amino acid and more.