Should Dietary Supplements Contain Alpha Lipoic Acid?

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First lets look at what Alpha Lipoic Acid, lipoic acid, ALA is.

It’s a fatty acid found naturally inside every cell of your body. It’s needed to produce energy for everyday functions. To do this it converts glucose (blood sugar) into energy.

Alpha lipoic acid is an antioxidant. Antioxidants neutralise potentially harmful chemicals known as free radicals. What makes ALA unique is that it functions in both water and fat, unlike all other vitamins.

Alpha lipoic acid can recycle antioxidants such as vitamin C and glutathione after they have been used up. Glutathione is an important antioxidant that helps the body eliminate potentially harmful substances. ALA increases the formation of glutathione.

According to Richard A. Passwater, PhD in ‘Lipoic Acid: The Metabolic Antioxidant’ there have been many recent studies focusing on how ALA combats free radicals, helps the body with healing, slows ageing, helps protect against heart disease, cancer, diabetes and many other diseases.

“Lipoic acid has also been used for decades to protect the liver and to detoxify the body of heavy metal pollutants, such as excessive iron, copper and toxic metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. One of the exciting recent developments is that Alpha Lipoic Acid appears to help slow the progression of HIV infection to clinical AIDS.”

It appears that alpha lipoic acid has an essential function to your overall health. It also appears, by the research done, that it is missing, at least in the amounts needed, in most people, even though it is made by your body.

Good food sources of ALA are green leafy vegetables which have a high concentration of chloroplasts. So broccoli, spinach and other green leafy vegetables like collard greens or chard are good food sources. It’s also present in brewer’s yeast, rice bran, and organ meats.

It has been suggested that cooking destroys many nutrients in your food, so eating the food raw means more of the nutrients are available to you.

Not everyone is keen to embrace a raw food diet. Especially raw organ meat. And so enters the dietary supplements.

It is possible to purchase ALA supplements. However, the majority of these are synthetic. You have not evolved to gain your nourishment from isolated or synthetic supplements. You evolved to obtain all your dietary needs in a natural, complex form where all nutrients co-depend on each other.

Apart from that, how many dietary supplements would that mean you have take – ALA, calcium, women’s/men’s vitamins, selenium, omega 3? It doesn’t feel very natural, taking all these pills.

And it isn’t.

Dietary supplements come in various guises, some good, some bad, some indifferent. By far the best ones are those that are made from food.

And that have not been processed any more than is necessary to dry or powder them.

Such sources need to be rich in nutrients. And super foods fit the bill.

In good super food sourced dietary supplements, ALL the essential vitamins and minerals will be present. And in a rich green superfood, you will also find alpha lipoic acid.

So why not just stream line your dietary supplements so you’re only taking one.? One rich in all the essential nutrients for a healthy life.

That source is spirulina or blue green algae.

An exceptional superfood.

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