Alpha Lipoic Acid

Unlike other antioxidants, which work only in water or fatty tissues, Alpha Lipoic Acid’s broader spectrum of antioxidant action results from its ability to function in both water and fat.[1],[2] By comparison, vitamin E works only in fat and vitamin C works only in water. In addition, Alpha Lipoic Acid may be able to do the work of other antioxidants when the body is deficient in them.[3],[4]

Because it plays a part in cellular energy production, some nutritionally oriented physicians recommend Alpha Lipoic Acid for the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome.[5] While evidence of its effectiveness for this condition is anecdotal, Alpha Lipoic Acid is a broad-spectrum antioxidant and immune system booster. This means it may be able to play a valuable role in increasing energy and maintaining overall health in chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers.

Several papers found R-(+)-Lipoic Acid and Acetyl-L-Carnitine reversed age-related markers in old rats to youthful levels.[6-12]

R-(+)-Lipoic Acid may function in vivo like a B-vitamin, and at higher doses like plant-derived nutrients, such as resveratrol, which induce phase II detoxification enzymes.[13],[14] This stress response indirectly improves the antioxidant capacity of the cell.[15]

The antioxidant effects of Alpha Lipoic Acid were demonstrated when it was found to prevent the symptoms of vitamin C and vitamin E deficiency.[16]

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