Alpha lipoic acid is an organic chemical compound that belongs to the group of saturated fatty acids. This acid plays an important role in the transformation of fats and amino acids in the human body. It is also a coenzyme of fat oxidation pathways and a powerful antioxidant that protects energy centers of somatic cells from the harmful effects of free radicals and metabolic stress. Furthermore, it supports the restoration of intracellular antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E.
Another important function of alpha-lipoic acid is its contribution to the metabolism of food intake, helping in transforming it into energy.
Alpha lipoic acid also supports the work of the immune system, as well as therapy of autoimmune diseases.
Sources of alpha lipoic acid in food:
Alpha lipoic acid occurs, among others in broccoli, spinach, offal, yeast.
Supplementation with alpha lipoic acid:
Supplements which contain alpha lipoic acid:
Alpha-lipoic Acid 300 mg, 60 capsules (Swanson)– product available here
Caution should be exercised when using alpha-lipoic acid with anti-diabetic medications, medicines used in chemotherapy and thyroid hormones.