Alpha lipoic acid is a powerful antioxidant that first gained worldwide recognition at the United Nations’ First Joint Conference on Healthy Aging in 1996. Some of the findings presented at the conference included research that showed that alpha lipoic acid directly restores vitamin C and glutathione to their active forms and indirectly restores vitamin E, in addition to increasing levels of coenzyme Q10 in cells.
A vital component of any balanced detox plan, alpha lipoic acid helps the body naturally rid itself of toxic chemicals naturally. Learn more about alpha lipoic acid and why it should be a key component of your body detox plan:
Alpha lipoic acid is a particularly adaptable and flexible vitamin-like antioxidant that can help improve and support the body’s natural detoxification process. It is both a water- and fat-soluble antioxidant, which means it can defend against a wider range of free radicals in comparison to other nutrients that are exclusively water-soluble or fat-soluble, such as vitamin C and vitamin E, respectively.
Alpha lipoic acid was discovered in the 1930s, when it was found to be an important factor in the growth of certain types of bacteria. It wasn’t until the 1980s that researchers realized its potential as a potent antioxidant. Since then, its use has been explored in many different areas, including in the treatment of diabetes, certain types of cancer, liver illness, AIDS and more. While it has been tested and applied in the treatment of these ailments, it has also been found to be a powerful addition to healthy lifestyle and diet, and those looking for a general body detox or heavy-metal detox.
The alpha lipoic acid molecule consists of a carboxylic acid and a cyclic disulfide and is an essential component for many enzyme complexes. Alpha lipoic acid binds to heavy metals in the body and helps carry them out of the cells, helping your body rid itself of harmful toxins in a natural way. The body can also convert alpha lipoic acid into dihydrolipoic acid, which has yields even more antioxidant benefits for the body.
While alpha lipoic acid has been used in the treatment of diabetes, cancer, nerve damage and more, it can also be a powerful addition to boost the effectiveness of your workout. Alpha lipoic acid helps improve insulin resistance, allowing your body to better clear glucose from the bloodstream and promote less fat storage in the body. It can also help improve creatine levels in the muscles, which is a key factor in building muscle mass.
Studies suggest that the most effective form of lipoic acid is R-dihydrolipoic acid, also referred to as R-lipoic acid, a key ingredient in BodyHealth’s Complete Multi + Liver Detox Support, an antioxidant blend of 16 organic fruit and vegetable whole-food concentrates with specific herbs and amino acids to support healthy detoxification.*
R-lipoic acid is also a critical ingredient in BodyHealth’s Body Detox product, where it is particularly effective in helping the body deal with daily exposure to environmental toxins, making both products a one-two punch for optimal nutrition and antioxidant protection!*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
The importance of having a well-functioning and healthy immune system has become increasingly obvious in recent times.
Sadly, everyone seems to have a different answer as to how you should go about strengthening your immune system. When you go to your local health and wellness shop, you might see twenty or thirty products that tout their “immune boosting” powers. An Amazon search reveals thousands of results.
Well, we’re here to tell you about an effective and ancient remedy that has been in use for over two thousand years: the red reishi mushroom.
We’ve all heard about all the negative effects of stress and the modern lifestyle.
We’re all rushing around, overworked, in a constant state of fight-or-flight and it has disastrous effects on our health.
But what if “stress” wasn’t the real problem?
What if our bodies knew exactly how to cope with the intensity of modern life… if we just gave the body what it needed to thrive?
And the key may be one little mineral.
I hope this finds you healthy and able to still get outside (or inside) for a daily run during this trying time of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many of us are grieving several losses including race cancellations. Though it's a bummer, I want you to know that your hard-earned training is far from wasted.
Those miles are in your legs and all kinds of wonderful benefits have occurred including the addition of mitochondria, adding new capillary beds for increased blood flow, and strengthening the heart muscle for future training.
As athletes, it's important for us to be proactive in maintaining a strong immune system. We're not only doing this for our own prevention but also our loved ones that we spend time with.
Read on for 5 tips to consider as you seek to stay healthy.