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Lipoic Acid

Lipoic Acid

Lipoid acid is found in every cell in the body, as it attacks the waste products left behind when the body transforms food into energy.  Those waste products, or “free radicals”, which damage cells, tissues, and organs if left unchecked, make it harder for the immune system to do it’s job and ward off infections.  Antioxidants, like lipoid acid, are used up when they attack free radicals, like a honey bee dies after it stings somebody.  However there is evidence that lipoic acid has life giving qualities and is able to recharge other antioxidants and bring them back to life.  So lipoid acid is a worker be among antioxidants! Lipoid acid is fat and water soluble and can thus work throughout the body.  Studies suggest it helps lower blood sugar levels, by boosting glucose utilization.  Studies also indicate it may slow the progression of Multiple Sclerosis and slow cognitive decline, According to the Linus Pauling Institute’s Micronutrient Information Center, ALA occurs naturally in foods in which the amino acid lysine is structurally bound to protein.  Meat products, particularly organ meats such as the heart, liver and kidneys, are ideal sources, as well as vegetables such as broccoli and spinach. ALA is found in in yeast, especially brewer’s yeast. Brussels sprouts, peas, and tomatoes contain smaller amounts of lipoid acid.  Lipoic Acid can also be obtained in supplements.