Alpha lipoic acid is an antioxidant made by the body and found in every cell. It helps turn glucose into energy and eliminate free radicals. Free radicals cause harmful chemical reactions that can damage cells in the body, which makes it harder for the body to fight off infections.
Unlike other antioxidants, that work only in water or fatty tissues, alpha lipoic acid is both fat and water-soluble. That means it can work throughout the body. In addition, evidence suggests alpha lipoic acid may help regenerate antioxidants and make them active again.
The ideal daily dose of alpha lipoic acid is between 50mg to 100mg. Not many serious side effects are linked to alpha lipoic acid.
With excess amounts of alpha lipoic acid you may experience:
- Upset stomach
- Low blood sugar
Alpha lipoic acid fights free radicals and detoxifies your body. It can be found in foods such as spinach, broccoli, peas, and rice bran.