Alpha lipoic acid is an antioxidant, or a natural, vitamin-like chemical. Known as the “universal antioxidant,” ALA is found naturally inside every cell of the human body. The mitochondria produce this antioxidant in small amounts, but that amount tends to decrease with age. ALA is both a water and fat-soluble nutrient, meaning it can make its way into and function in any part of the body. This potent antioxidant can be found in red and organ meats (liver, heart, kidney, etc.), potatoes, tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, peas, Brussels sprouts, and rice bran.
As a potent mitochondrial antioxidant, alpha lipoic acid helps produce energy for normal bodily functions by converting blood glucose. Often, damaged and defective mitochondria are the first sign of health issues, and ALA helps protect these cell powerhouses from free radical damage.
Antioxidants attack "the free radicals", which is why they are very important. Free radicals cause harmful chemical reactions that can damage cells, making it harder for the body to fight infections. They also damage organs and tissues. Other antioxidants work only in water (such as vitamin C) or adipose tissue (such as vitamin E). But Alpha Lipoic Acid is both fat and water soluble. This means that it can work throughout the body. Antioxidants in the body are used up as they attack the free radicals.
Most commonly, practitioners use ALA to help patients with blood glucose control issues with nerve damage-related symptoms like extreme pain, tingling, and/or numbness.
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