Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is a vitamin-like substance that helps to make energy in your body.  As an antioxidant, it is used to treat acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).  Alpha Lipoic Acid may also be used to treat diabetes and burning mouth syndrome.

Alpha Lipoic Acid is the only antioxidant that is both fat and water-soluble.  This is important because Alpha Lipoic Acid can access all parts of the cell, giving it tremendous ability to trap free radicals wherever they may be.  One of the leading causes of the symptoms we know as aging is free radical damage.

Alpha Lipoic Acid is one of the very few substances that can actually cross the blood/brain barrier to enter the brain and go directly where it is needed most.  Alpha Lipoic Acid supplementation causes increased levels of glutathione, which helps the body dispose of toxins.

People with a vitamin B12 deficiency should avoid Alpha Lipoic Acid as its use may cause a worsening of symptoms.

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