Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is a substance with a similar effect to vitamins that is produced in small quantities by a human body or supplied with some food products. The main functions of the acid encompass antioxidant activity, the role of coenzyme in carbohydrate metabolism and participation in the synthesis of acetyl-CoA, which is a key compound involved in energy production. Other positive applications of ALA include support for the treatment of type II diabetes and related angiopathy and support for liver function.
Alpha-lipoic acid has become known as a "universal" antioxidant. Due to its chemical structure, it is soluble in water as well as in fats, so it can work in both environments inside and outside the cells. In addition, it increases the effectiveness of other antioxidants (including vitamins C and E), restoring their antioxidant properties, lost in reactions with free radicals.
There is a common belief that in order to maintain the proper metabolic processes in the system, it only requires such amounts of alpha-lipoic acid that are naturally synthesized in the human body or delivered with food. However, as to fully benefit from its antioxidant and therapeutic effects, additional supplementation of the acid is recommended. The potential of alpha-lipoic acid can be increased by combining it with, for example, vitamin C or coenzyme Q10. Our offer includes both mono-preparations with alpha-lipoic acid as well as formulas that combine ALA with other compounds enhancing the effect of acid supplementation.