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Alpha Lipoic Acid | Antioxidant & Diabetes Care

July 25, 2019

 

When OrangeNaturals offered me the chance to try out their ALA (alpha lipoid acid) supplement, I jumped at the chance! I chose this supplement for a few reasons, but mostly because of the fantastic functions that it’s been studied for!  Alpha lipoic acid is naturally found in our bodies and is used in many different biochemical reactions. It functions mainly as an antioxidant and in blood-sugar balancing. 

 

Antioxidants are a wonderful addition to any supplement routine or when used alone. Antioxidants are a class of chemicals that work to scavenge for free-radicals. Without getting too science-y, a free radical is a molecule that comes from the environment, a poor diet, and/or various other sources that bounces around in the body and damages our cells. Because our cells are the building blocks of the body, damage to these cells can cause premature aging, inflammation and further damage, along with potentially leading to various diseases and illnesses. 

 

You’re likely aware that diabetes and metabolic disorders are one of the leading health issues we are facing in 2019. With the over-consumption of fast food, packaged and prepared food, along with a decrease in the intake of whole foods, our society is growing- waistlines are growing, that is. One of the hallmarks of diabetes is a lack of control over blood-sugar. In a healthy individual, the blood should have a moderate amount of sugar in it after eating and be able to quickly and efficiently push that sugar into cells, which is how we get energy. 

 

In an individual with insulin-resistance (pre-diabetes) or diabetes, there is a disconnect between the sugar entering the blood and it being pushed into cells for energy. In pre-diabetes, sometimes called insulin-resistance, the body is unable to RECOGNIZE the insulin in the blood. This means that there is excess sugar floating around. This causes the blood to become thick and sticky, not unlike the consistency of corn syrup. This can cause damage to small blood vessels that aren’t designed to handle such a thick substance. This is why eyes and vision are affected by diabetes. Additionally, this excess sugar is damaging to the nerves in our body. This is most often seen in the hands and feet when patients with diabetes begin to complain of burning or pins and needles. This is known as neuropathy and often leads to complete loss of sensation, but only after years of pain and suffering. 

 

Studies have shown that ALA can help to improve insulin sensitivity in patients with type 2 diabetes. Much of the research shows positive benefits with an oral dose of 300-1800mg per day- which is why @OrangeNaturals ALA is perfect at 600mg/capsule!

 

And, as another great point, ALA is generally well-tolerated, causing very few interactions or sensitivities. Be sure to check with your Health Care Provider before adding ALA to your daily regime. There are some interactions with iron supplements and various diabetes medications, along with blood thinners and anti-coagulants.

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