Found in highest concentration in Spinach, Alpha-Lipoic Acid's ground-breaking discovery of this antioxidant’s potent health benefits, alpha lipoic acid’s unique capabilities are due to its dual solubility – acting in both water-soluble and fat-soluble domains within the cells and tissues. This allows is to be easily absorbed and transported into many organs and systems within the body including the brain, liver, and nerves. When combined with the antioxidants Vitamins C and E, the body’s ability to combat free radicals is notably enhanced as lipoic acid recycles and regenerates them – prolonging and improving their protective capabilities. It amplifies the benefits of the important antioxidants glutathione and Coenzyme Q10 and actively protects cellular mitochondria, the energy-producing factories of cells, from being damaged by oxidative stress – ensuring that energy production in the body remains efficient.
As well known and widely studied its antioxidant benefits are, the recent discovery of its ability to reduce elements contributing to metabolic syndrome – a series of risk factors that often precedes type 2 diabetes, has once again thrust alpha lipoic acid into the spotlight and reexamined for possible weight loss and diabetic benefits. The release of a review of various experimental studies showed that alpha lipoic acid reduces blood pressure as well as insulin resistance – providing significant improvement in overweight type 2 diabetics within four weeks of supplementation. This ability to lower blood sugar levels has made it a popular supplement by body builders as a way to further drop fat levels without losing muscle mass.