Serving size: 500mg to 1g
Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA) is an interesting compound. It is an essential co-factor in the metabolism of energy (The process of generating ATP from nutrients) as well as a powerful antioxidant. To put it simply, ALA is a substance that has to be present for another substance to produce a specific result.
Your body does produce ALA but the amounts present may not be enough to obtain the anti-oxidant benefits. Supplementation with ALA can be helpful to ensure it performs this vital function as an anti-oxidant.
The ALA we sell has a 3:1 ratio of the active R-Isomer to the inactive S-Isomer. This is the same ratio that is contained in SOLAL® Alpha-Lipoic Acid Capsules!
More information for the curious mind:
|Alpha-Lipoic Acid and anti-oxidants||Anti-oxidants are molecules that destroy free radicals (molecules that have an odd unpaired electron. These free radicals can cause damage to parts of the cells which leads to disease.) ALA is not only a really effective anti-oxidant itself, due to its ability to easily get into your brain, but it also has the ability to regenerate other antioxidants (Vitamin E, vitamin C, Glutathione, etc.)|
|ALA and Glucose||Studies have shown that supplementation with ALA increases the total GLUT-4 transporters on the outside of the muscle cells. This means that more glucose can be shuttled to the muscle cells.|
|ALA and Blood Sugar||ALA has an insulin like effect, meaning it does not take the place of insulin but instead mimics the effect of insulin. Insulin is released to help your body convert glucose in the blood stream into glycogen so that it can be stored in the muscles and liver. Since ALA mimics this effect, it can assist with lowering your blood sugar in the same fashion as insulin. This may be particularly helpful to diabetics who either do not make any insulin (Type I) or who are resistant to insulin (Type II).|
|ALA and EPO||EPO is a hormone that is produced by the kidneys which stimulates the production of red blood cells in the bone marrow. EPO production is usually increased when less oxygen is present in the atmosphere. A study was done that showed that the supplementation of ALA (1.2g daily) increased the EPO in the participants. This means that ALA could be used to simulate altitude training to a certain degree.|
|ALA and fat-loss||Since ALA increases the total number of GLUT-4 receptors outside of the muscle it allows for more glucose to be shuttled to the muscle cells. This means that less glucose is then stored as fat cells. There is also a study that was done which showed that supplementing with ALA (1.2g – 1.8g daily) increased the fat loss of the participants. |