Alpha lipoic acid acts as a superior anti-inflammatory that works by penetrating all portions of the cell because it is both fat and water soluble. On a cellular level, alpha lipoic acid exerts a wide variety of positive anti-inflammatory actions. ALA acts as a powerful antioxidant and increases the body’s ability to take glucose into the cells. This increased sensitivity to insulin results in decreased blood sugar levels and can be beneficial in accelerating weight loss.
Since alpha lipoid acid is found only in trace amounts of food, it is recommended to be also taken as a supplement. 25-30 milligrams is good for a young healthy person. However up to 200-400 milligrams of ALA may be beneficial for specific health conditions or for people looking to lose body fat.
Alpha lipoic acid helps in the metabolic cycle by acting as a coenzyme in the production of energy by converting carbohydrates into energy. It is important to note to take ALA with meals.
In taking any supplement or vitamin, always consult with your doctor or primary care provider before starting on any type of regimen to make sure it is right for you, especially when you are taking other medications as mixing medications can sometimes be contraindicated.