Monday, 15 February 2016
A Nutrient You Should Know: Alpha-Lipoic Acid
There is a great deal of buzz about alpha-lipoic acid. New research shows it can help protect DNA, optimize other antioxidants, and even protect us from mercury and other heavy metals. Here are some fast facts.Alpha-lipoic acid is a naturally occurring nutrient that helps in cellular activities and acts as a powerful antioxidant. With their high amounts of alpha-lipoic acid, spinach and broccoli are great dietary sources, but supplements are also available.
Initial research into alpha-lipoic acid revealed that it serves as a cofactor for proteins involved in producing cellular energy. Alpha-lipoic acid binds to these proteins and augments their function.
Our bodies create enough alpha-lipoic acid for this objective, but additional dietary and supplemental alpha-lipoic acid exists in a free state in the blood and cells where it acts as a powerful antioxidant by regenerating damaged antioxidants.
Alpha-lipoic acid is a SuperNutrient that works in synergy with other antioxidants.
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