- Helps maintain healthy blood sugar balance
- Protects against oxidative damage
- Helps the body recycle other antioxidants
Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is known as the universal antioxidant because it is both water- and fat-soluble, and protects the entire cell from oxidative damage. This includes protecting DNA in the mitochondria – the energy-producing powerhouses of every cell. ALA increases the body’s total antioxidant capacity and levels of the key antioxidant glutathione, while recycling vitamins C and E. It protects against oxidative damage to muscles, nerves, and other tissues, and supports blood glucose (sugar) control and a normal inflammatory response.
In Germany, ALA is an approved treatment for diabetic neuropathy, a condition affecting 50% of people with diabetes. Free radical production is elevated in people with diabetes, but ALA protects the nerves and can improve diabetic neuropathy symptoms such as paresthesia (a tingling sensation), numbness, and weakness. ALA is also associated with enhanced energy metabolism and insulin sensitivity, and lower levels of fasting blood glucose and glycated hemoglobin, suggesting better long-term blood glucose management.
ALA’s antioxidant activity protects the muscles during intense exercise, and supports healthy blood vessel function and circulation, which is especially important for people with diabetes.
Natural Factors Alpha-Lipoic Acid offers a convenient 400 mg one-a-day dose to support healthy blood glucose levels and enhance antioxidant protection for the maintenance of good health.
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