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Alpha-Lipoic Acid is Essential for Optimum Health

by Luella May

(The Best Years in Life) Alpha-lipoic acid is a vitamin-like substance and antioxidant which provides essential benefits for cells throughout the body. The body produces its own Alpha-lipoic acid in small amounts. It is also available in a very limited number of foods (especially brewer’s yeast, meats and spinach). Because of the limited production of Alpha-lipoic acid by the body and the scarcity in foods, most people, and particularly those who have a meatless diet, should take supplemental Alpha-lipoic acid in order to receive its full benefits.

Supplemental Alpha-Lipoic Acid

There are three different types of supplemental Alpha-lipoic acid available: S Alpha-lipoic acid, RS Alpha-lipoic acid, and R Alpha-lipoic acid. S Alpha-lipoic acid and RS Alpha-lipoic acid are synthetics and are the most common forms found in Alpha-lipoic acid supplements. R Alpha-lipoic acid is the natural form and the only version that is produced in the body and synthesized by plants and animals.

The best Alpha-lipoic acid supplements may be the recently introduced Aurora Liposomal R Alpha-lipoic acid products from Vida Lifescience. The Mega-Liposomal R Alpha-Lipoic Acid delivers a whopping 750mg of Alpha-lipoic acid per dose - more than any other supplement on the market. They also have a Micro-Liposomal version which delivers 200mg per dose. Their advanced liposomal encapsulation technology protects Alpha-lipoic acid from being broken down in the gastric system, resulting in 4 to 5 times better absorption than non-liposomal supplements.

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The Many Health Benefits of Alpha-Lipoic Acid

Alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant and even more. Antioxidants attack free radicals that can damage cells, thereby making it harder for the body to fight off infections. Studies have shown that alpha-lipoic acid may help regenerate antioxidants and make them active again. Some antioxidants, such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E, are only water soluble, which means that they work only in water. However, alpha-lipoic acid is both fat and water soluble, and it works throughout the body.

Overwhelming evidence suggests that Alpha-lipoic acid maintains most favorable blood sugar levels because it helps the body to use glucose, while also supporting insulin sensitivity. It also maintains cardiovascular health and it is believed that Alpha-lipoic acid increases levels of essential antioxidant enzymes such as glutathione.

New evidence also suggests that Alpha-lipoic acid may help protect and manage Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis. Alpha-lipoic acid also shows promise in protecting against osteoporosis and other degenerative bone conditions.

According to recent studies, Alpha-lipoic acid can help alleviate several components of metabolic syndrome, which consist of several risk factors that can precede type 2 diabetes. This study showed that Alpha-lipoic acid reduces blood pressure and insulin resistance, while improving lipid profile, and it also aids in weight loss. Even after diabetes has progressed, Alpha-lipoic acid can be useful. For example, it has been found effective in the treatment of diabetic neuropathy, which is characterized as numbness, tingling, itching, and burning pain.

Another advantage that Alpha-lipoic acid offers is its support of visual health. Alpha-lipoic acid has been found to protect against cataracts and it has also shown promise in treating people with glaucoma.

Alpha-lipoic acid may be instrumental in protecting the body against toxic metal contaminants found in the environment and in the food supply. It works by chelating these contaminants and removing them from the body.

Preliminary studies suggest that Alpha-lipoic acid could help for migraine sufferers. A group of people given 600 mg of Alpha-lipoic acid daily for three months, saw that the frequency and intensity of their migraines was less severe.

Other Alpha-Lipoic Acid Benefits

Alpha-lipoic acid protects against, and relieves, several other problematic health conditions that are common today. Based on several studies, Alpha-lipoic acid offers the following health benefits:

*Reduction of oxidative stress in the body.
*Improvement of a combination of risk factors that increases the risk for diabetes.
*Reduction of blood pressure.
*Reduction of insulin resistance.
*Improvement of lipid profile
*Reduction of weight.
*Increases in insulin sensitivity.
*Improvement in diabetic neuropathy.
*Protection against cataracts.
*Improvement of glaucoma.
*Helps in preventing retinal cell death in retinitis pigmentosa when taken with vitamin E.
*Reduction in brain damage after a stroke.
*Prevention of bone loss.
*Removal of toxic metals from the body.
*Reduction of frequency and intensity of migraines.
*Improvement of skin texture.

See also:

Coenzyme Q10 is vitally important for health and longevity

Glutathione is Essential: Here is How to Enhance Your Master Antioxidant

Mega-Liposomal Supplements Deliver Unprecedented Amounts of Supplements to the Bloodstream



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About the author:

Luella Mayis a natural health advocate and author helping people to heal naturally.  Her articles appear in several online venues, including Natural News, AlignLife and CureZone.  Luella is in the midst of editing her eBook, "The 8 Invisible Stains of Our Souls" which will be available in the next few months. She partners with Tony Isaacs, who authors books and articles about natural health including "Cancer's Natural Enemy". Luella is a partner and contributor of The Best Years in Life website for baby boomers and others wishing to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. Luella co-moderates the CureZone "Ask Tony Isaacs featuring Luella May" forum as well as the Yahoo Health Group "Oleander Soup" and hosts her own yahoo group focusing on the natural wellbeing of pets. 


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