Exciting new research!
Science has linked alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) to increasing our mitochondrial energy production and helping prevent diabetes.
At first, medical researchers initially classified alpha-lipoic acid as a new vitamin but then recognized it as an essential coenzyme. Then, they found that alpha-lipoic acid was a powerful biological antioxidant, quenching free radicals, as well as coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and vitamins C and E.. Researchers also found that alpha-lipoic acid is unique in being the only antioxidant known to work in both fat and water-soluble tissues. (Vitamin C only works in watery tissues and vitamin E is restricted to fatty tissues.)
Antioxidants are known to play a vital role in preventing many of the health disorders associated with aging, including degenerative diseases such as diabetes. Now, a vitamin-like substance known as alpha-lipoic acid is now at the forefront of antioxidant research.
This dual ability allows alpha-lipoic acid to easily neutralize free radicals in both interior and exterior cellular structures. Now, it is called the “universal antioxidant.” More importantly, ALA recycles vitamins C, E, CoQ10, and glutathione! This antioxidant could have far-reaching consequences in the search for prevention and therapy of diabetes. And, because it’s the only antioxidant that can easily get into the brain, it could be useful in preventing damage from a stroke! Nature Knows How to do Things!