Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is an antioxidant, and is widely used in prevention of various diseases.
An anti-oxidant helps neutralize free radicals in our bodies and protects our cells from damage.
ALA's main function is to increase production of Glutathione, which helps dissolve toxic substances in the liver.
- Helps vitamins C, E and L-Glutathione to work more efficiently and able to regenerate them.
- A powerful anti-oxidant that fights free radicals.
- Helps increase L-Glutathione which helps with detoxification.
- Used to treat and detox the liver.
Alpha Lipoic Acid is also a powerful protector of the liver where it fends off the alcohol's toxic effects, according to a study on wine drinkers. (Wickramasinghe,S.N., and R.Hasan, Biochemical Pharmacology, 1992; 43(3):407-11)
- Have metal chelating activity.
It has found to inhibit copper – iron-medicated oxidation damage and to prevent excess Iron and Copper accumulation in the cell. Both metals are considered to accelerate ageing and to promote age-related degenerative diseases including dementia (老年痴呆症) and cataract (白内障).
- Involved in cellular energy production.
It functions as a co-factor for a number of key enzymes that help in the conversion of glucose, fatty acids and other energy sources into energy.
(ATP: Adenosine Tri Phosphate).
- Helps protect the lens and retina of eyes from degeneration.
- Helps alleviate glaucoma (青光眼).
Alpha Lipoic Acid fights insulin resistance and stimulates our cells uptake of glucose.
The results of animal experiments demonstrate that Alpha Lipoic Acid also protects the pancreatic cells that manufacture insulin.
The destruction of these cells leads to Type I diabetes and the consequent reliance on insulin injections.
Type I Diabetes: Lack of insulin leads to increased blood and urine glucose.
The classical symptoms are polyuria (frequent urination), polydipsia (increased thirst), polyphagia (increased hunger), weight loss, increased fatigue and can also result in long term damage to organs.