Alpha Lipoic Acid, sometimes abbreviated as ALA, is a vitamin-like antioxidant manufactured in the body and found in some foods, particularly liver and yeast. The human body makes small amounts of Alpha Lipoic Acid but foods containing mitochondria, such as red meats, are believed to provide the most Alpha Lipoic Acid.
For vegetarians, dark green, leafy produce are excellent sources of Alpha Lipoic with kale, spinach and broccoli being the most prominent of suppliers in the vegetable family. Vegetarians should try to consume a good amount of each of these vegetables in order to ensure that they get an ample amount of this nutrient. Another main source of Alpha Lipoic is yeast, which contains an abundance of the antioxidant.
Alpha Lipoic Acid has been used to treat several health conditions including type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Doctors and nutritionists attribute many health benefits to Alpha Lipoic Acid including limiting cell damage, helping to control insulin, and prevention of cataracts, chronic fatigue syndrome and liver disease.
Supplements are available providing a greater amount of the nutrient per capsule or tablet with potency ranging from 100mg to 600mg per serving. Side effects with Alpha Lipoic Acid are rare and there are no well-known drug interactions with this supplement. However, you should consult with a health care professional before starting taking Alpha Lipoic Acid or any supplement.
|Natural Factors – Alpha-Lipoic Acid 200 mg. – 120 Capsules|
|Good ‘N Natural – Alpha Lipoic Acid 200 mg. – 100 Capsules|
|Solgar – Platinum Edition Nutri-Nano CoQ-10 Alpha Lipoic Acid – 60 Softgels|