Dietary Supplements and Your Guide to Lipoic Acid

April 13, 2014 by  
Filed under The Fitness Bug

With constant medical and technological advancements going on daily, where to look for accurate advice is difficult to know. Some swear by taking 50 various pills per day and some think that a healthy diet should give you all the nutrients your body needs. Which is correct? Which isn’t? Well neither. Unfortunately it would be naïve to think that everyone eats a perfectly balanced diet. It simply isn’t the case 95% of the time and unless your a keen, keen health enthusiast- I don’t suppose you are one of that 5%. It is also not wise to venture out and start buying every vitamin and supplement you can find as the body does successfully produce most of them. So if that’s the case then what supplements and how many should we take? A great place to start is Lipoic Acid. Lipoic Acid is a super antioxidant and is found in foods such as broccoli, spinach, potato, red meat, carrots, yeast etc. It is claimed to have properties that prevent the development and spreading of cancer cells, but essentially it’s role in the human body is to protect it.

 

What is it?

Lipoic Acid is an antioxidant found in many food groups but also produced in small amounts by the human body. An antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits the oxidation of other molecules- essentially it protects your cells. This occurs throughout the body and if you had no antioxidants in your body, you would most likely be prone to sickness, disease and ailments of all size and nature. Without antioxidants, your cells would be left to roam free, go wrong and multiply! The use of antioxidants in pharmacology is intensely studied and used for the treatment of strokes and neurodegenerate diseases.

Benefits

These vary dramatically depending on your diet, metabolism and age. The main benefits of Lipoic acid will be seen if you have a poor diet, a poor metabolism or suffer from a deficiency. Studies show that lipoic acid increases brain and body energy levels and lowers blood pressure. Not only does it protect your cells from coming to harm (which you don’t see) it can also reduce brain damage in post stroke victims, improve skin texture and can prevent bone loss in cases such as osteoporosis and other bone degenerative conditions.

Does it work?

Recent thorough studies have shown that although initially thought to prevent cancer and potentially prevent the spread of cancerous cells, now scientists and doctors are starting to think it has less effect than previously thought. Although in many cases it will help and it can reverse damage and prevent further damage, there is no actual evidence to show that it prevents cancer. This is not to say that it can’t have dramatic effects on other diseases and problems but specifically cancer cells – it is not yet certain. This is not to say that is doesn’t, it simply hasn’t yet been proven either way.

So if you are thinking of grabbing one or two vitamins or you just need some body building supplements, consider going for some Lipoic acid. You will need to consult a pharmacist or similar to find out how much a safe dose is – generally around 300mg per day is safe but above that can have a harmful effect, like with all over consumption.

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