Alpha Lipoic Acid May Help to Maintain Healthy Insulin Sensitivity

Dec 10, 2014 | Alpha Lipoic Acid

Managing weight is about a lot more than “slow” or “fast” metabolism. If you improve insulin sensitivity, you may be able to convert food to fuel efficiently and get that fuel to the parts of your body where it is needed, which do not include fat deposits on your waistline. Fitness professionals have been using Alpha Lipoic Acid to support healthy insulin sensitivity for years. Here’s why.

Insulin is a hormone that regulates the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats.

Whenever you eat carbohydrates or protein, the level of sugar in your blood increases. In healthy individuals, insulin is released from the pancreas to remove the excess sugar from the blood, which otherwise would be toxic. This sugar is then used for energy. If your body is not responding properly to the insulin (poor insulin sensitivity), it begins to over-produce insulin in order to keep blood sugar levels in check. This can be the thing standing between you and your fat loss goals, because insulin has a powerful ability to prevent the breakdown of fat.

Why Alpha Lipoic Acid to Maintain Insulin Sensitivity?

Fitness professionals have relied on it for years. Some would say R-Alpha Lipoic Acid (or R-ALA) is one of the best kept secrets to weight management.

Multiple placebo controlled studies have shown that daily doses of 600 mg to 1800 mg of ALA can support healthy insulin sensitivity and utilization of glucose, allowing you to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. As Burt Berkson, M.D., Ph.D. — the FDA-appointed principal investigator for the intravenous use of lipoic acid — writes in his book The Alpha Lipoic Acid Breakthrough, “ALA has also been proven to improve glucose transport from the blood into the cells. The increased amount of sugar transported into the cells generates increased brain energy availability and muscle performance. When the body’s cells take up the excess sugar in the blood, the mitochondria work more efficiently, glucose levels drop.” He adds that, “ALA is an essential ingredient for sugar metabolism in the mitochondrion.”

ALA may also go a step further and help prevent the complications that are associated with unhealthy blood sugar levels, specifically complications in the vascular system and kidneys. Recent research indicates this reduced threat of complication comes from ALA’s ability to protect the inner lining of blood vessels (the endothelium) from damage caused by oxidative stress.

It’s important to note that all ALA supplements are not created equal. Research shows that R-Alpha Lipoic Acid is a more biologically active form of ALA that offers greater antioxidant and neuro-protective benefits at substantially lower doses than the “S” form of alpha lipoic acid that is more commonly available. The body has a strong preference for natural R-ALA. Be sure to look for this when comparing supplements. Lypo-Spheric® R-Alpha Lipoic Acid uses the more bioavailable, “R” form of alpha lipoic acid, the form found in nature.

In addition to its ability to improve insulin sensitivity, R-Alpha Lipoic Acid (R-ALA) is one of the body’s most powerful intracellular and extracellular antioxidants. Known as the Universal Antioxidant, R-ALA directly affects the health of nearly every cell in the body. The “R” form of ALA is considered the most bioavailable and biologically active form of ALA in the body. Lypo-Spheric® R-Alpha Lipoic Acid delivers high-quality R-ALA in every packet.

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