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Fundamental Lipoic - 300 mg

Alpha Lipoic Acid Supplement

Alpha lipoic acid is an antioxidant molecule native to the body also known as lipoic acid, lipolate and thiotic acid. It plays a role in metabolic processes and hence is essential to the body. Its history as a dietary supplement dates back to the 1950s and its popularity has been growing ever since. It is an unusual antioxidant in that, unlike others such as vitamin C (ascorbic acid) which is water soluble or vitamin E which is fat soluble, it can act in water and in fats. Therefore, it may have beneficial effects in all of the body's tissue types and hence is known as a universal antioxidant.

Antioxidant Benefits

Alpha lipoic acid is found naturally in the body and performs an essential role in the reaction chain which metabolizes glucose to provide the body with energy during aerobic respiration. It acts as an antioxidant in these reactions, counterbalancing oxidative reactions which also occur as part of normal metabolism. In every cell of the body oxidation reactions are a part of regular function, however an excess of this process can be damaging as it can lead to the production of free radicals. Free radicals, which are thought to play a role in diseases such as cancer and neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, are unbound molecules that cause multiplying chain reactions of oxidation in bodily tissue. Again, they perform some necessary roles in cells, but in excess they are capable of causing great cell damage and cell death if they are not rendered inactive through antioxidant action. Damage may be caused indiscriminately to cell walls, blood vessels, DNA and the proteins and molecules that perform roles in signaling and regulating in the body. As an antioxidant, Alpha lipoic acid helps to eliminate free radicals and also helps to increase the recycling and formation of other antioxidants such as glutathione.

Health Benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid

There are many benefits to taking antioxidant supplements for those undertaking any sort of exercise program. By supplementing food sources and supporting the body it acts as a supportive supplement for athletes and bodybuilders looking to assure an adequate supply of antioxidants.

Why Take Alpha Lipoic Acid Supplements?

Alpha lipoic acid occurs in most foods, but only in very low levels. The highest levels of this antioxidant occur in organ meat such as kidneys, liver and heart. It can also be found in significant but low levels in vegetables such as broccoli as well as in foods containing yeast. Alpha lipoic acid supplements are synthesized because of the particularly low levels found naturally in foods; however these are chemically identical to naturally occurring alpha lipoic acid and hence have an identical effect. A supplement must be taken in order to provide a significant effect in the body, as they contain considerably higher levels than those naturally occurring in foods.

A lack of antioxidants is responsible for free radical damage.

Low levels of antioxidants lead to an excess of oxidation and free radical activity. Antioxidants like alpha lipoic acid neutralize free radicals rendering them inactive and, furthermore, work to repair damaged cells. Free radicals are capable of causing cell injury.

Taking alpha lipoic supplements in addition to consuming foods containing alpha lipoic acid is a way of introducing this antioxidant into the body. In conjunction to this, adopting a healthy lifestyle is a great way of reducing free radical activity in the body. This can be achieved by participating in regular cardiovascular (aerobic) exercise such as running or cycling and avoiding exposure to free radicals by not smoking, not spending too much time in the sun, avoiding barbecued or processed foods and not ingesting pesticides in foods. It has also been shown that eating too much red meat, which is high in iron, leads to an excess of free radicals which in turn is associated with heart disease and stroke.

Having a well balanced diet, high in fiber and fresh fruit and vegetables whilst being low in fat, is the key to reducing free radical activity. Replacing protein from red meat with beans, pulses and fish ensures than iron levels are kept low. Living in highly stressful or polluted environments such as urban towns and cities leads to the accumulation of free radicals in the body. Taking antioxidant supplements such as alpha lipoic acid ensures supporting the body and reducing the health risks posed to the body by normal modern living are minimized.

If you are a doctor or other seller of natural supplements, you can request a catalog to buy wholesale lipoic acid supplements such as Fundamental Lipoic.

References:

Oxidative Stress and Neurodegenerative Diseases: A Review of Upstream and Downstream Antioxidant Therapeutic Options
Bayani Uttara, Ajay V. Singh, Paolo Zamboni, and R.T Mahajan
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Free radicals in Alzheimer's disease.
Retz W, Gsell W, Münch G, Rösler M, Riederer P.
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The Role of Free Radicals in the Aging Brain and Parkinson’s Disease: Convergence and Parallelism
Hemant Kumar, Hyung-Woo Lim, Sandeep Vasant More, Byung-Wook Kim, Sushruta Koppula, In Su Kim, and Dong-Kug Choi
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