Alpha Lipoic Acid (or simply ALA) is a naturally formed fatty acid and can be found in each and every cell of the body. We get small amounts of ALA in our diet from things like spinach, brewers yeast, rice, peas and red meat.
Because ALA is a powerful antioxidant (that is, it scavenges free radicals), researchers have been curious about its ability to help cognitive function, as it’s thought that free radical damage plays a large, critical role in declining brain function. Its success in helping to overcome various brain related issues is that unlike most of the antioxidants, ALA can easily pass through the blood-brain barrier… allowing for better absorption and a significant reduction of free radicals in the brain.
Apart from its own contribution in the various antioxidant activities, ALA also helps in the process of regeneration of other important antioxidants including Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Glutathione. This ability to recycle other free-radical neutralizers makes ALA a particularly potent antioxidant. In fact, research is ongoing related to ALA’s potential as an anti-aging powerhouse.
Because ALA is both water and fat soluble, it can fight free radicals throughout the body.
Alpha lipoic acid is a key co-factor between 2 pathways essential for cellular energy production: glycolysis and the Krebs cycle. Playing a vital role in converting the body glucose into energy.
Most interesting are the effects of ALA related to aging and age-related neurodegenerative diseases.