Benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid: Healthier Eyes, Heart, and Skin

Small quantities of the fatty acid alpha lipoic acid (ALA) reside in every cell in the human body. ALA is a powerful antioxidant that fights cell damage and inflammation. Aging, disease, oxidation, and inflammation are closely related, and ALA’s potency delivers a number of benefits to the body.

Some of these benefits include:

  • Improved memory
  • Cognitive function
  • Increased metabolism
  • Enhanced insulin sensitivity

This article will discuss some of the organs that receive the benefits of alpha lipoic acid:

Eyes: Benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid for the Eyes

ALA, a potent antioxidant, protects skin at the cellular level.

Oxidation, a chemical reaction, transfers electrons from one substance to another. Oxidation produces free radicals, unstable molecules with a missing electron. Free radicals, once produced, can then set off a chain reaction as each consecutive molecule attempts to stabilize, resulting in broken molecules that devitalize cells. Antioxidants remove free radicals and interfere with oxidation reactions by being oxidized themselves.

In relation to the eyes, both cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMC) are linked to oxidation. The continual exposure of both the lens and the retina to light and oxygen causes oxidation and free radical production.

Free radicals hinder proteins in the eye and cause them to clump. Even worse, they damage the enzymes that remove damaged proteins. This results in the formation of cataracts. Free radicals also impair vision because oxidation in the retina leads to the death of photoreceptor cells.

Some behaviors worsen oxidation in the eyes. Especially avoid smoking and excessive sunlight exposure.

Every part of the body is susceptible to oxidative stress, especially tender structures like the eyes. Nutritional supplementation for eye health is growing in popularity, and antioxidants are vital for vision and eye health. Studies have shown that alpha lipoic acid may protect against cataracts and improve vision for glaucoma sufferers. ALA works well in conjunction with other antioxidants, like lutein and astaxanthin, to improve eye health.

Heart: Benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid for the Heart

Inflammation is the body’s defense against infection. While it is a vital defense that destroys harmful pathogens, it has also been shown to contribute to aging and degenerative disease, because it involves increased blood flow, release of free radicals, tissue destruction, and scar tissue.

Inflammation is meant to clear the infection and then cease, allowing normal tissue to be rebuilt. However, inflammation can linger because of infection or environmental stressors, such as poor diet, that the body views as an attacker.

Chronic inflammation is especially damaging to the cardiovascular system. In the 1990s, an inflammatory protein called CRP was found to be an incredibly accurate predictor of future heart attacks.

ALA has been shown to combat inflammatory responses, and therefore, plays a large role in protecting against heart disease.

Skin: Benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid

Free radical damage and inflammation, as described above, wreak particular havoc on skin. The amount of Alpha Lipoic Acid made naturally in the body is insufficient for significant antioxidant protection; other sources include foods, topical products, and supplements.

Foods with high levels of ALA include :

A number of Perricone MD’s anti-aging topical products are formulated with Alpha Lipoic Acid.

In these products, Alpha Lipoic Acid works to:

  • Refine skin texture
  • Reduce pores and wrinkles
  • Increase radiance

The easiest way to ensure consumption of alpha lipoic acid is with a daily supplement. This method allows the strong antioxidant to work from the inside out to protect the skin, eyes, brain, and heart.

Perricone Alpha Lipoic Acid Supplements specifically target the signs of aging, maintain cells’ metabolic function, and extend the benefits of other antioxidants.

Take two capsules daily in conjunction with an anti-inflammatory diet and topical treatment for optimal skin results.

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11 Comments • Please comment below


  1. I have really benefited from Dr. Perricones books and have follow some of his protocols and have seen excellent results.

  2. I am experiencing optic nerve atrophy
    also drs see oxidative stress on retina. I am not diabetic although they say this looks like diabetic eye disease…can you help me keep this at bay or even over come. I amlso have saggy skin, droopy eyes

  3. I am on 5mg of Predisone a day because of a Liver disease…my skin has become very thin and transparent there anything I can do to make my skin thicker?

  4. I have reviewed Dr.Perricone’s website with much enthusiasm and interest. Wrinkles and sagging skin,especially in the eye area is very disheartening . Would love to remedy my distressing skin issue.

  5. Donald E. Black: With the eye disease as I indicated in my earlier submission, I apologize for the mix of upper and lower cases. It’s tough to correct anything as I use a mafnifying glass.

  6. I have dry AMD — with a loss of central vision since 2006;

    On 10 Jan, 2012 an appointment with a Dr at the JHU Wilmer eye Institute indicated that I was at the threshhold og glaucoma w/
    a reading of 38 — from around 12 to 20 reading IN BOTH EYES for years. I plan an eye check locally on 1-30-12; and to prepare I’m tking ONE ALA TABLET DAILY, EATING STEAMED GREENS, and, Ppresently, I’m EATING BLUEBERRYS (FROZEN) AT 2: A,M, in the morning. Oh, I work aout at the Andrews f Base in Clinton, MD 2 to 3 time s weekly. Any ideas to help?

  7. My skin has always been a problem. I was a lifegard for many years and I feel as though I have many wrinkles and am very aware of my face. I have looked into surgery but others say that it is not that bad. I would just like to feel that I have a nice complexion as I see others

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