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Alpha Lipoic Acid capsules contain 100 mg of pure alpha lipoic acid. ALA is a non-vitamin co-enzyme that carries out important metabolic and antioxidant functions in the body and helps to maintain healthy glucose metabolism and support liver function.
Quantity: 60 Capsules
ALPHA LIPOIC ACID
100 mg / The Universal Antioxidant with Metabolic Functions
Alpha Lipoic Acid capsules contain 100 mg of pure alphalipoic acid. Alpha-lipoic acid is a non-vitamin coenzyme
that carries out important metabolic and antioxidant
functions in the body.
Alpha-lipoic acid is a nutritional coenzyme that is
involved in energy metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, has physiological functions in blood glucose
disposal, and is able to scavenge a number of free
Alpha-lipoic acid is a fat- and water-soluble, sulfurcontaining coenzyme. It functions in the body much like a
B-vitamin, since it is involved in energy production. As
part of several multi-enzyme complexes located in the
mitochondria, alpha-lipoic acid is essential for
metabolizing carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, and for the
conversion of their energy into ATP. Two of these
enzyme complexes, PDH (pyruvate dehydrogenase) and
alpha-KGDH (alpha-ketoglutarate dehydrogenase) are
part of the citric acid cycle (Krebs cycle), and as such
assume a central role for general energy production.
Another lipoic acid containing enzyme complex,
BCKADH (branched-chain keto-acid dehydrogenase), is
involved in deriving energy from the branched chain
amino acids: leucine, isoleucine, and valine. A related
metabolic function of alpha-lipoic acid is its role in blood
glucose disposal. This important coenzyme appears to be
necessary for the normal transport of blood glucose into
the cell. This may be explained by its functions in the
glucose metabolizing enzymes, PDH and alpha-KGDH,
but some researchers suspect a more direct role in cellular
glucose uptake at the cell membrane. As early as 1959,
alpha-lipoic acid was suggested to be an antioxidant, since
it could extend the actions of vitamin C in guinea pigs,
and those of vitamin E in rats. It is only recently, however,
that the specific actions of alpha-lipoic acid in free radical
quenching, metal chelation, and antioxidant regeneration
have been investigated.
Body cells and tissues are threatened continuously by
damage caused by toxic free radicals and reactive oxygen
species (e.g., peroxides) which are produced during
normal oxygen metabolism, and by toxic agents in the
environment. Free radicals, once formed, are capable of
disrupting metabolic activity and cell structure. When this
occurs, additional free radicals are produced which, in
turn, can result in more extensive damage to cells and
tissues. The uncontrolled production of free radicals is
thought to be a major contributing factor to many
Alpha-lipoic acid is unique among biological antioxidants,
because it is soluble in both water and lipids. This allows
it to neutralize free radicals just about everywhere in the
body, inside and outside the cells. Due to its unique
sulfur-containing structure, alpha-lipoic acid can scavenge
several types of free radicals, such as the highly reactive
hydroxyl, and singlet oxygen free radicals. It is also
capable of suppressing the generation of free radicals in
the first place, since alpha-lipoic acid chelates transition
metals, such as iron and copper. Because alpha-lipoic acid
is involved in so many different antioxidant functions in
virtually all body tissues, it has been called the universal
antioxidant. Besides being a universal free radical
scavenger, alpha-lipoic acid can also recharge other
antioxidant systems throughout the body. As mentioned
earlier, it can extend the activity of vitamins C and E. In
addition, alpha-lipoic acid can also regenerate glutathione.
Alpha-lipoic acid may be a beneficial dietary supplement
for those concerned about a more complete antioxidant
defense system and maintaining proper glucose
metabolism. Dietary and supplementary alpha-lipoic acid
is efficiently absorbed, transported to the tissues, and
readily taken up by the cells.
1 Capsule Contains:
Alpha-Lipoic Acid*.......................................100 mg
*From Lipoec® brand made by Cognis Nutrition.
Other Ingredients: Rice powder, silica, magnesium
stearate and gelatin capsule.
As a dietary supplement, adults take 1 capsule, 1 to 3
times daily with meals, or as directed by a healthcare
No adverse effects have been reported.
Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct light. Keep
out of reach of children.