Alpha-lipoic acid is a fatty acid found naturally inside every cell in the body and is essential for the production of energy for the body's normal function. Alpha-lipoic acid converts glucose (blood sugar) into energy. It can be produced by the body and can also be found in very small amounts in foods such as spinach, broccoli, brewer's yeast and organ meats. The need for supplementation is dependent on an individualâ€™s lifestyle and diet. , a supplement containing ALA may be useful.Â
ALA for Diabetes
Diabetes is characterized by high blood glucose levels. ALA stimulates the uptake of blood glucose into muscle cells, increases glycolysis and augments glucose utilisation.
Diabetes mellitus is often accompanied by sensory disorders like burning mouth syndrome, symptoms of which include a feeling of numbness, pain and prickliness in the mouth. Consuming ALA can alleviate these symptoms. Likewise, ALA may reduce high blood pressure, weight problems, and atherosclerosis, all of which are potential complications of diabetes.
ALA as an Antioxidant
Alpha-lipoic acid also functions as an antioxidant, a substance that neutralizes potentially harmful chemicals called free radicals. What makes alpha-lipoic acid unique is that unlike the more common antioxidants vitamins C and E, it functions in water and fat and appears to be able to 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. Alpha-lipoic acid increases the formation of glutathione.
ALA in Detoxification
Exposure to toxic metals and compounds from food and the environment can be detrimental to health. Â ALA has been used to protect the liver from the harmful effects of toxins and heavy metals. This is in addition to the metal chelating and antioxidant properties of ALA.
- To reduce blood glucose levels.
- To reduce damage to tissues caused by excess sugar.
- As an antioxidant.
- Suitable for :
- Individuals who consume high amounts of sugar and carbohydrates
- High risk individuals :
- Individuals who are obese or have a big waistline
- Individuals with a family history of metabolic diseases
- Those who lead sedentary lifestyles
For diabetics: Â If ALA is taken together with insulin or anti-diabetic medications,Â blood glucose levels may fall drastically, causing hypoglycaemia.
To avoid hypoglycaemia:
- Blood glucose levels should be monitored by a doctor.
- If necessary, anti-diabetic drug dosages should be adjusted by a doctor.
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