I’m always trying to learn about the latest and greatest in antioxidants, and lately I’ve been all about some Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA). This antioxidant is made naturally in the body and is contained in every cell to help covert glucose to energy. ALA neutralizes a variety of free radicals and is particularly beneficial for people with diabetes who have higher levels of free-radical damage (destruction of healthy cells) as well as higher sugar levels.
Here are a few more benefits of ALA:
- Regenerates vitamins C and E
- Helps maintain the proper ratio of Coenzyme Q10 in the mitochondria of the cells
- Repairs oxidized proteins, preventing DNA damage
- Replenishes glutathione (the body’s own detoxifier), which is reduced with aging and exercise
- Helps curb carbohydrate/sugar cravings
- Helps balance blood sugar
- Metal-chelating activity (helps detoxify heavy metals from the body)
- Can reduce pain, tingling and numbness in those with diabetes-related nerve damage
- Protects brain and nerve tissue (Animals treated with ALA suffered less brain damage and had a four times greater survival rate after a stroke than animals who did not receive this supplement.)
Unlike other antioxidants that work only in water (like vitamin C) or in fat cells (like vitamin E), ALA is both fat- and water-soluble, so it’s a whole body antioxidant.
In order to really get the therapeutic dose of ALA (1200 mg per day), I recommend taking it as a supplement. My favorite brand is the ALAmax CR by Xymogen because the controlled-release technology improves the efficacy of the ALA and helps to maintain blood sugar over a longer period of time. This formula also includes Biotin, which supports the function of ALA in regulating glucose metabolism.
If you or someone you know struggles with diabetes, blood sugar balance or sugar cravings, or you just need a high-powered antioxidant to combat stress, aging and regular exercise, then ALA might be the right nutritional supplement for you.
Let me know if you have any questions about ALA and it’s benefits.