Alpha Lipoic Acid
Dose: 50-200mg, 3-6 times a day
Also known as ALA or Lipoic Acid(LA).
This fatty acid provides a powerful antioxidant effect by upp'ing your body's own antioxidant enzymes. Antioxidant enzymes like Catalase, SOD and Glutathione.
Alpha Lipoic Acid is short lived and it needs to be taken frequently throughout the day. But after ingestion it will sky rocket your protection against ROS and other free radicals.
Over use may lead to
- skin rash
- digestive problems
- Altered heart rhythm
It's also an AGE inhibitor.
The many benefits of this fatty acid makes it a "must" when it comes to anti age supplements! Remember to take it spread out over the day for continous protection.
It works synergistic with Alpha L Carnitine.
Taken together with Carnitine it will decrease systolic blood pressure.
Health benefits of ALA:
- Anti inflammatory
- Anti obesity
- Anti wrinkle
- Anti aging
- Cardio protective, cholesterol & arteries
- Neuro protective
- Very strong antioxidant
- Gives plump skin/deep moisture
- Reduce blood sugar levels
- AGE inhibitor
- Prevents cancer
- Supports energy metabolism
- Increase bone density
- Liver regenerative
- Protects from several eye diseases
Alpha Lipoic Acid also improve mental health and relieves migraine.
You can apply Lipoic Acid topically through skin care products.
It is assumed to absorb easily and give good protection against free radicals and premature aging.
Here is a selection of IHERB's ALA creams
- Brussel sprout
- Green peas
- Rice bran