Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA for short) has recently gained popularity as an antioxidant that helps convert nutrients into energy. Interestingly, unlike most antioxidants, it dissolves in both water and fat. Thanks to this, its operation is more comprehensive. However, there is a saying that "if something is for everything, it is for nothing." Does this proverb also apply to alpha-lipoic acid? Let's see!
The World Health Organization (WHO) describes diabetes as the first non-infectious epidemic of the modern world. As much as 6% of the world's population suffers from it, in Poland alone they are 3 million - of which 0.5 million do not even know it. Another 5 million Poles suffer from pre-diabetes.
Most of these cases can be prevented because 80% of cases are type II diabetes, which results from too much weight, poor diet and lack of physical activity. The main problem in uncontrolled or poorly treated diabetes is high blood glucose (sugar). It leads to complications such as blindness, heart disease and kidney failure.
Already in 1997, scientists discovered that alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) reduces blood glucose levels by up to 64%. However, bad glycemia is not the only indicator of diabetes. Other studies in adults with metabolic syndrome have shown that ALA reduces insulin resistance, lowers fasting sugar and HbA1c. However, this is not the end of the healthy properties of ALA, because it also alleviates the symptoms of nerve damage (diabetic polyneuropathy) and reduces the risk of diabetic retinopathy.
Diabetic polyneuropathy results from nerve damage, most often in the legs and feet. Depending on the location of the damage, the symptoms include pain and numbness in the legs and feet, problems with the digestive system, urinary tract, blood vessels or heart. For some people, the disease is mild. For others, however, it means living in pain and preventing normal functioning at home and at work.
Heart disease is responsible for 46% of deaths in Poland. Scientists have proven that alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) reduces the negative impact of four risk factors for heart disease. The antioxidant activity of ALA allows you to neutralize free radicals and reduce oxidative stress, which increases the risk of heart disease.
In addition, ALA improves the condition of people with endothelial dysfunction - a disease in which blood vessels do not dilate sufficiently, which can lead to heart attack and stroke. Interestingly, alpha-lipoic acid also reduces the level of triglycerides and LDL ("unhealthy" cholesterol), which are further risk factors in heart disease.
Mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease often occur among older people. They are associated with brain damage caused by oxidative stress. Other theories call Alzheimer's disease "brain diabetes" and link it to inappropriate sugar metabolism. Regardless of which explanation is true, alpha lipoic acid can help.
First, as an antioxidant, ALA neutralizes free radicals and reduces inflammation. Secondly, improve blood glucose metabolism. Alpha-lipoic acid in two ways slows the progression of diseases that cause memory impairment.
Inflammation helps the body fight an infection. However, chronic inflammation leads to many diseases such as cancer and diabetes. Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) reduces the level of many inflammatory markers, including the most popular CRP. An analysis of 11 studies showed a positive effect of alpha-lipoic acid in adults with high CRP levels.
Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is widely used and has a surprisingly high efficiency in each of them. Its numerous healing properties make it an ally of many people, especially those struggling with diabetes, overweight or obesity. There are preparations available on the market that can supplement its deficiencies in the daily diet, such as Liponexin or Thionerv600.