This nutrient first raised interest as an antioxidant, and because it regenerates other antioxidants such as vitamins C and E or Coenzyme Q10 and glutathione, and is sometimes called “the antioxidants’ antioxidant”. Antioxidants play a vital role in keeping our body cells healthy by preventing damage from free-radicals, which have been linked to numerous illnesses including cancers and Parkinson’s disease
Apart from being a multipurpose antioxidant, Alpha Lipoic Acid helps convert food into energy and prevents it being deposited as fat, and also plays a role controlling insulin resistance and permitting body cells to absorb – and therefore use – the sugar in the blood. It could help to keep the pancreas healthy and therefore maintain insulin production, although it does not reverse existing damage to the pancreas. Lipoic Acid has been linked to keeping the brain healthy, too, since it can pass easily into the brain and therefore prevent free radical damage. Lipoic Acid is found in a number of foods, such as liver, heart and kidneys, or vegetables like spinach, broccoli and Brewer’s yeast. Capsule supplements are available, and can provide a large dose of this multi-purpose nutrient. Check with your doctor first if you are diabetic, since taking Lipoic Acid could mean that you should alter or reduce your dose of insulin. Avoid during pregnancy or breast-feeding.
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