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ALPHA LIPOIC ACID

  • BRINGS NUTRIENTS INTO CELLS
  • USEFUL AS AN AID IN FAT-LOSS
  • ANTI-OXIDANT (SCAVENGES FREE RADICALS)

Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is a fatty acid that helps the body utilize energy and acts as an insulin-mimicker to regulates blood sugar levels. (In fact, diabetics have below-normal levels of ALA.) By maintaining even blood sugar and insulin levels, ALA contributes to maintaining lower bodyfat levels. ALA also increases the uptake of glucose (a process known as glucose disposal), which means that like insulin, it shuttles nutrients into your muscle cells where you need them to repair and rebuild the tissue you stress during training. ALA is also a powerful anti-oxidant. Thus, it may help the body prevent the formation of free radicals and counteract the damage caused by free radicals, such as cellular damage, cancer, and heart disease.

There is a recently marketed from of ALA, called R-ALA. Regular ALA is a combination of L-ALA and R-ALA. By eliminating the L-ALA component, R-ALA claims to be 10 times stronger than regular ALA. While R-ALA is undoubtedly stronger, it is usually more expensive.

Recommended use: take ALA daily before meals, from 300 to 600mg. per day. Typical dosage is 100 mg. with a meal.