The Antioxidant Benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Filed Under: Heart Health, Food and Nutrition
Last Reviewed 03/28/2014

Hundreds of studies have shown that antioxidant nutrients protect cells from free radicals, neutralizing these molecular marauders before they do serious damage. 

The Antioxidant Benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid Antioxidants also protect your genetic DNA, cellular membranes and even the enzyme systems that support cell metabolism. This protection has implications far beyond daily health—it also helps you to avoid cardiovascular problems and supports the aging process itself. 

The benefits of alpha lipoic acid (also called lipoic acid) make it a universal antioxidant because of its ability to conserve other important antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, and CoQ10.

How Do You Enjoy the Health Benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid?

Because it is fat- and water-soluble, alpha lipoic acid is readily dissolved and distributed throughout all the tissues and cells of your body, including the brain, where it readily crosses the blood/brain barrier to protect neural tissues and support memory function. It also has the ability to regenerate L-glutathione, an essential nutrient that promotes heart health. 

As you age, your stores of lipoic acid decline. You can get some of what you need from food, but, unfortunately, the best dietary source of lipoic acid is red meat, which often contains high levels of saturated fats, hormones, pesticides and radiation. If you have high triglyceride levels, need to lower your LDL cholesterol levels, have poor circulation, or other heart health risks, you should eat red meat in moderation.  As a result, it’s far better and safer to get this antioxidant as an alpha lipoic acid supplement form. 

Recommended dose: Take 100–200 mg of alpha lipoic acid supplement daily. 

For more information on antioxidant use and heart health, visit www.drsinatra.com.

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