Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)
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Alpha Lipoic Acid, also known as ALA, lipoic acid, thioctic acid, is an organic compound that can be found in foods such as organ meats, spinach, and broccoli, however, these foods contain low levels of Alpha Lipoic Acid and low bioavailability. Read the full product description below.


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Alpha Lipoic Acid

Alpha Lipoic Acid, or ALA for short, is one of the more popular supplements of 2016 thus far, and has been gaining popularity for quite some time. Antioxidants are incredibly important for our health and well-being, which is one of the reasons why ALA is now generating so much attention. For those of you suffering with a constant lack of energy, weight issues, or for those of you simply looking for a supplement designed to help boost general health and well-being, ALA is ideal.

What is Alpha Lipoic Acid?

This naturally occurring compound found within the human body, is actually a very potent and very powerful antioxidant, which is able to provide a whole host of various health and wellness benefits to the human body. At cellular level for instance, it serves a number of different functions, including the fact that it plays a key role in the natural production of energy, making it a key component of a healthy metabolism. It has also been found to help treat various health conditions as well, including Type 2 Diabetes. It is actually synthesized from a fatty acid known as octanoic acid and, due to its molecular structure, it can function as a powerful antioxidant, not only in aqueous environments, but also in fat-based environments as well.

How does it work?

The main way in which ALA works is that it functions as a natural part of energy producing mechanisms of human cells. It also acts as a natural catalyst for nutrient absorption and uptake, which means that it can help make vitamins and minerals more efficient as it can allow the body to absorb more of them in one go. Because of the fact that it is such a powerful antioxidant, it can prevent cellular damage and can help restore natural vitamin stores. This in turn allows it to eradicate free radicals and toxins from the body, that would ordinarily attack our cells, and potentially cause them to mutate, and possibly turn cancerous. For metabolic purposes, ALA plays a key role in the breakdown and conversion of carbohydrates into glucose to be used as energy.

What are the main benefits of alpha lipoic acid?

Some of the primary benefits of ALA supplementation include the following:

Source of antioxidants

First and foremost, as ALA functions as a powerful antioxidant, it can therefore help to provide protection for our cells, helping to protect us against cell damage, which could cause diseases such as cancer.

Diabetes benefits

A number of studies have also found that ALA could actually provide a whole host of benefits to individuals suffering with Type 2 Diabetes. These studies have revealed that ALA does appear to help the body to naturally use its own insulin for reducing blood sugar levels, which means that it could help improve insulin sensitivity. It has also been found to help reduce the effects of nerve damage, which can be caused as a result of diabetes.

Promotes glucose metabolism

Another benefit of ALA is the fact that it does appear to be able to enable cells to produce more energy. This is important because not only will you have more energy, it will also help you to burn off excess body fat easier.

    How and when should it be consumed?

    Health Canada Recommended Dose (capsules): Adults: 1 - 3 Capsule(s) 1 time(s) per day.

    Alpha lipoic acid VS conjugated linoleic acid

    Whilst ALA and Conjugated Linoleic Acid, or CLA, share a few similarities, they are still very different. CLA for example, is thought to not possess the powerful antioxidant properties associated with ALA, and is therefore used primarily to assist with weight loss. ALA however, functions also as a potent antioxidant, making it much better for health and well-being.

    What can you stack it with?

    As mentioned, ALA is great for not only promoting health and well-being, but for also promoting weight loss as well. In fact, a lot of people use ALA-based stacks for weight loss, stacking it with green tea extract, as well as CLA, to really get the metabolism firing on all cylinders. Acetyl L-Carnitine is another supplement that stacks very well with ALA.

    Alpha Lipoic Acid Ingredients

    Per Capsule

    Medicinal Ingredients (per capsule): DL-alpha-Lipoic acid .......................... 200 Milligrams
    Non-Medicinal Ingredients: Gelatin.

    Potential side effects

    As far as potential side effects go, ALA is not considered safe for pregnant or breast feeding women, as not enough is yet known for it to be deemed safe or not. As with all new supplements, before you begin taking ALA, you should first take the time to speak with your doctor and get their expert advice. Generally speaking, although considered largely to be safe, some people may experience the following side effects when taking an ALA supplement. These include:

    • A slight rash on the body when taken orally
    • Itching
    • Thiamine deficiencies
    • Interactions with diabetes medications, which may need to be adjusted
    • May interfere/interact with medications used to treat and deal with thyroid diseases and deficiencies
    • Upset stomach
    • Slight dizziness
    • Gastric disturbances
    • Muscle cramps

    Cautions and Warnings

    Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you have diabetes.

    Allergen warnings

    Allergy Statement: This product is made in a facility that handles milk products, gluten, shellfish, soy, peanuts and other tree nuts.

    This product may contain milk, gluten, shellfish, soy, peanuts and other tree nuts.

    Returns Policy

    You may return most new, unopened items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. We'll also pay the return shipping costs if the return is a result of our error (you received an incorrect or defective item, etc.).

    You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper, however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).

    If you need to return an item, simply login to your account, view the order using the 'Complete Orders' link under the My Account menu and click the Return Item(s) button. We'll notify you via e-mail of your refund once we've received and processed the returned item.

    Shipping

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    When you place an order, we will estimate shipping and delivery dates for you based on the availability of your items and the shipping options you choose. Depending on the shipping provider you choose, shipping date estimates may appear on the shipping quotes page.

    Please also note that the shipping rates for many items we sell are weight-based. The weight of any such item can be found on its detail page. To reflect the policies of the shipping companies we use, all weights will be rounded up to the next full pound.

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    Provides antioxidants for the maintenance of good health

    Helps to promote healthy glucose metabolism (3 capsules daily)

    Adults: 1 - 3 Capsule(s) 1 time(s) per day

    Ingredients for Capsules - 90 x 200 mg

    DL-alpha-Lipoic acid .......................... 200 Milligrams

    Nutrition Facts

    Serving Size 0 g

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 0 Calories from Fat 0
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 0g 0%
    Saturated Fat 0g 0%
    Unsaturated Fat 0g
    Trans Fat g 0%
    Cholesterol 0mg 0%
    Sodium 0mg 0%
    Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
    Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
    Sugars 0g
    Protein 0g

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Calories: 2,000 2,500
    Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
    Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
    Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300 mg
    Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
    Dietary Fiber 25g 30g

    Calories per gram:

    Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4

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