Alpha Lipoic Acid is one of the most effective antioxidant, and is a GSH regenerator.
Everyday, we are bombarded with free radicals. Our whole body including our DNA, is under daily attack from various pollutants in our environment and from our lifestyle. When these free radicals hits our cells, this process is called oxidation. They damage our cells. That’s where anti-oxidants come in. These include nutrients and vitamins that target the free radicals in our system.
Vegetables and fruits are a good source of these anti-oxidants, although our body also produces some of these anti-oxidants. Their primary goal is to limit or minimize the damage to our cells, which can results in preventing diseases and anti-aging too.
Now comes Alpha Lipoic Acid, or better known as ALA. Our body produces this but in small quantities. We can get more of them from the food that we eat, and some of the ALA food sources include organ meats and red meat(grass-fed).
ALA and glutathione(GSH) are great anti-oxidants that helps get rid of toxins and prevents damage of our cells. ALA also assists in production of energy for our body, and helps in the production of GSH. It also recycles Vitamin E, C and co-enzyme Q10. These molecules sync and work together. It is also both fat and water-soluble, which is a unique trait compared to the other antioxidant agents.
Alpha Lipoic acid offers a number of benefits, although it is best if you consult with your doctor or a professional first. This is also a useful substance in the treatment of Hepatitis C. Do note that standard care during treatments should not be replaced with ALA usage for any conditions.
1) Peripheral Neuropathy
The Peripheral nerves transport vital information from and to different parts of the body, to our spinal cord, and to our brain. This peripheral neuropathy means some of these nerves have some problems – they properly don’t work. A single nerve or a group of nerves may be damaged.
Some symptoms are :
- burning sensation
ALA, since it can work both in fatty and water tissues, can enter to all parts of our nerve cells and prevent it from being damaged(or minimize it).
ALA protects the nerve tissues in our brain. It can do this since it can pass through the tiny vessels(our brain barriers), and can pass easily inside them.
It is of the most effective antioxidant that destroys the free radicals, which contributes to chronic illness and aging.
Alpha Lipoic Acid is a precursor in glutathione production. Products that have ALA can help in whitening and lightening of the skin.