What Is Alpha Lipoic Acid?
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA), also known as thioctic acid or just lipoic acid, is a powerful antioxidant. It was identified in the 1950s as a component of several human enzyme systems involved in the conversion of carbohydrates and fats into energy. At that time it was designated a vitamin. However, it has since been discovered that small amounts of it can be synthesized by the body. Therefore, the “vitamin” categorization was removed.
It’s important not to confuse alpha lipoic acid with alpha linolenic acid, as both are often referred to as “ALA” in literature and on the Internet. Alpha linolenic acid is an essential omega-3 fatty acid thought to provide heart health benefits. This page focuses on the antioxidant alpha lipoic acid.
Antioxidants typically come in two varieties: water soluble and fat soluble. A few antioxidants, such as alpha lipoic acid, are both. That means the antioxidant can flow freely through the body and function in both watery and fatty tissue environments. This is one of the reasons that ALA is known as a “Universal Antioxidant”.
The anti-aging benefits of alpha lipoic acid are well known. As a potent universal antioxidant, it helps to fight free radicals throughout the body and protect against the signs of aging. It is also able to enhance and prolong the antioxidant effects of vitamin E, vitamin C, and glutathione.
But in addition to helping your body defend against the signs of aging, alpha lipoic acid also helps promote the health of your brain. It’s one of the few antioxidants that can cross the blood-brain barrier to gain access to the brain’s cells and fight Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs). AGEs are chemical complexes that muck up our brain cells and destroy our memories. By fighting AGEs, this universal antioxidant is able to actively support vital brain connections and promote clear thinking.
Alpha lipoic acid is present in low amounts in some foods such as red meat (particularly organ meat), spinach, broccoli, yams, potatoes, yeast, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, carrots, beets, and rice bran.
Our Focus Force includes 100 mg of alpha lipoic acid, along with other brain nourishing ingredients, to support your memory concentration and focus.