Alpha Lipoic Acid

Alpha-lipoic acid is an essential nutrient with good antioxidant property and a number of health benefits. It also helps in maintenance of vitamin E and C in the body. 

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What is alpha-lipoic acid used for?

It's needed by the body to produce the energy for our body's normal functions. Alpha lipoic acid converts glucose (blood sugar) into energy. Other names for it include lipoic acid and thioctic acid. Alpha lipoic acid is also an antioxidant, a substance that neutralizes potentially harmful chemicals called free radicals.

What is the best source of alpha-lipoic acid?

Lipoic acid, also known as α-lipoic acid, alpha-lipoic acid and thioctic acid, is an organosulfur compound derived from caprylic acid. ALA is made in animals normally, and is essential for aerobic metabolism.

What is the difference between lipoic acid and alpha-lipoic acid?

Lipoic acid and alpha-lipoic acid differ from each other only in their isomerism. Because of this, the terms can be used interchangeably. However, the key difference between lipoic acid and alpha-lipoic acid is that the lipoic acid, in its natural form, is the R isomer whereas alpha lipoic acid is a mixture of R isomer and S isomer.

What is the best time to take alpha-lipoic acid?

When alpha-lipoic acid is taken with a meal, its bioavailability is reduced. As a result, I recommend taking ALA on an empty stomach (45 minutes before eating). In a 50/50 ratio, R-LA and S-LA are present in most Alpha-Lipoic Acid products.

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