by BodyHealth Representatives December 15, 2016 2 min read
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.
by Dr. David Minkoff
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