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Alpha Lipoic Acid (R-ALA)
- Regulates Blood Sugar Level
- Universal Antioxidant
- Recycles Antioxidant Nutrients
Alpha-Lipoic Acid, sometimes referred to as R-ALA, is a powerful antioxidant that is naturally produced by the human body. It is instrumental in facilitating the transfer of the sugar glucose into consumable energy which can then be used as fuel for the body. R-ALA is simply a rearranged compound of the ALA variety and fatty acid that happens to be bioavailable while at the same time functioning as an essential antioxidant. This compound can be found not only in the body but in many green vegetables and meat types.
In order to get things straight, it is important to note that the taxonomic chasm separating R-ALA from RS-ALA is a wide one. R-ALA is a more expensive alternative because it can be absorbed by the body much more easily than RS-ALA, and is also much more difficult to manufacture. Most ALA that is manufactured comes in the form of RS-ALA, with R-ALA taking up a much smaller percentage of production rates.
R-ALA can be found in various levels of availability in all organs and muscles within the human body and is fat soluble. After ALA is taken in the form of a supplement or enough is ingested via food, it enters the blood stream effortlessly and is able to circulate through the brain as well. It is useful, when taken in conjunction with vitamin supplements such as Vitamin C and E, in the protection of cells and in expelling waste or other harmful materials out of the body.
Taking this into account, ALA also assists in recycling various other antioxidants such as glutathione, the aforementioned Vitamins C, and E, an it even renews itself to an extent which has lead to its colorful nickname, “The universal antioxidant.” ALA helps speed up the process of creating energy from various proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.
Glutathione, another important antioxidant that helps in the protection of the cellular structure, in preserving the effectiveness of the immune system, and in the detoxification of the liver, is increased in production levels by ALA. This is the only antioxidant that is known to have this effect on Glutathione levels. It is broken down before it has reached the cells, in the digestive tract, making ALA’s ability to boost the levels of glutathione quite important.
Health Benefits Provided by Alpha Lipoic Acid
The Krebs cycle is the body’s process for turning sugars and carbohydrates into usable energy, and ALA is also instrumental in facilitating this process. Free radicals, molecules that have gone out of control and can cause damage to other cells while they circulate throughout the body, are neutralized by the healing power of ALA.
ALA is also known for helping in the regulation of levels of cholesterol which in turn contributes to an overall feeling of well-being. ALA is also especially helpful for athletes because it’s free-radical-neutralizing properties helps in speeding up muscle recovery which means longer exercising sessions and less pain felt during exercise. It is also useful in speeding up metabolism, and in delivering necessary nutrients as well as carbohydrates.
Alpha Lipoic Acid and Acetyl-L-Carnitine
Acetyl-L-Carnitine, or ALCAR is another form of antioxidant which is naturally produced by the body. In conjunction with ALA is known to help to speed up brain functions and heighten mental acuity. For this reason they are usually found to be blended together in products. ALCAR and ALA together can help speed up the transfer of glucose to muscle greatly and this blend can also help to increase the utilization of fatty acids and energy production at a cellular level.
These compounds come combined together in capsules at a level of 175mg of ALA and 425mg ALCAR respectively. Because the taste of ALA can be abrasive to the tongue, these products are generally found together in capsule form alone.
Serving Size & Timing
The correct size of each serving of ALA is 200 milligrams which is to be taken anywhere from one to three times a day depending on the intended effect. These should be taken without food since this supplement can already be found in certain foods, it is best not to take too much at once as it might cause levels of ALA to become imbalanced. Because meat is such a rich source of naturally derived ALA, this supplement is a great way for vegetarians to assist in their transition from eating meat.
Supplement FactsServing size: 200 milligrams
Serving per container: *
|Amount Per Serving||% Daily Value**|
|R-alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) 200mg||*|
** Based on 2,000 calorie diet
sugar, soy, dairy, yeast, gluten, corn and additives.
As a dietary supplement, take 50 mg (scant 1/32 tsp) to 200 mg (3/32 tsp) one to three times daily, or as directed by a physician.
|US Standard Measuring Spoons|
INGREDIENTS & FURTHER INFORMATION
Concentration of Alpha Lipoic Acid (R-ALA)
This pharmaceutical grade of ALA has no extra additives in it of any kind.
Bioavailability of Alpha Lipoic Acid (R-ALA)
While ALA is fat soluble on its own, because of the unpleasant taste associated with it, it is best to take it in capsule form or mixed in a shake/juice with an appropriate concentration of ALA and ALCAR combined.
- I have taken Alpha Lipoic acid for a while in capsule form. I was excited to find it here at BulkSupplements in free form. Even more exciting is that they also have it in the R-Alpha Lipoic which the body process better. I really enjoy the supplements and recommend to anyone looking for a superior product!!!
On 3/5/14 Tyrone said...
- I love this stuff. It is easy to mix in with my juices during the day so I find dosing to be quite hassle free. It dissolves right away and I can certainly tell a difference throughout the day with my energy levels. Superb quality :D
On 2/11/14 Emily said...
*NOTE: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.