Alpha Lipoic Acid

Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is an organo-sulphur derived from octanoic (caprylic) acid. It is essential for aerobic metabolism (the breakdown of carbohydrates to make energy in mitochondria). It has antioxidant properties, thus making it useful as a supplement for boosting MitoHealth.

Animal cells can synthesize ALA; however, it can also be absorbed from diet (red meat, beets, spinach, broccoli, and potatoes), and is also marketed as an antioxidant supplement.

It is used as a drug for the treatment (600-1800 mg) of diabetic nerve pain or neuropathy and recommended for the short-term (<10 weeks) use at low doses (<600mg) for managing obesity.

It is also used to prevent skin ageing, and high levels of cholesterol and other fats in blood. Long-term (>4 years) use may be effective in lowering total cholesterol and bad (LDL) cholesterol.

Amounts in dietary supplements ranges from 200-600 mg. It’s absorption from food is variable, thus the recommendation to supplement what is absorbed from food.

It has moderate interactions with some medications such as anticancer agents, thyroid hormones, and anticoagulants.

Recommendation: It has benefits for several age-related and very common conditions such as elevated blood levels of cholesterol and obesity.

Beware: May interact with many drugs that many older adults might be taking.

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