Mar, 15

Note: Check with your doctor before starting any supplement regimen.

There are lots of reasons to love alpha lipoic acid, but I chose four random benefits you may not be aware of.

1). It's A Potent Antioxidant

It may not remain in the body as long as certain other antioxidants, but alpha-lipoic has a spectacular way of reducing oxidation, including in the all-important mitochondria. It is both water- and fat-soluble and can be taken on an empty stomach or with food. I like taking mine with other antioxidants because.....

2). It Helps Recycle Other Antioxidants

Specifically, vitamin C and vitamin E.

3). It May Help With Nerve Pain Associated With Diabetes

Talk to your doctor about this one. The research is preliminary, but early evidence suggests that this inexpensive nutrient may be an important part of a diabetic's nerve pain regimen.

4). It May Help Manage Blood Sugar

In one study, glucose (blood sugar) was taken into cells substantially more effectively in subjects supplementing with alpha lipoic than those that did not. (Therefore, if you're on diabetes medication, please check with your doctor for dosing. You wouldn't want your blood sugar to dip too low.)