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Alpha Lipoic Acid (“ALA”) August 6, 2008

Alpha lipoic acid is a fatty acid naturally manufactured by your body; it is also an antioxidant.

Here’s the scientific scoop on ALA:

ALA is a unique antioxidant because it functions in both water and fat (unlike antioxidants vitamin C – only water-soluble; and vitamin E – only fat-soluble).

It also seems to recycle antioxidants such as vitamin C and glutathione (an antioxidant that helps the body eliminate potentially harmful substances after they have been used up), as well as increasing the formation of glutathione.

Here’s the real deal:

ALA also occurs in very small amounts in foods such as:

  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Peas
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Rice bran
  • Organ meats such as

– liver (finally a reason to order foie gras)

– kidney

– heart

ALA is also available in capsule form in supplements. Take the supplements on an empty stomach for maximum absorption.

 

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