Since the time the amazing properties of Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) have been discovered, it has become a common ingredient in multivitamin formulas, anti-aging supplements, and even pet food. It scavenges free radicals, chelates metals, and restores intracellular glutathione levels which otherwise decline with age.
ALA has been described as a detoxification agent, and a diabetes medicine; it has been used to improve age-associated cardiovascular, cognitive, and neuromuscular deficits, and has been implicated as a modulator of various inflammatory signalling pathways.
Also called as the ‘Universal Antioxidant’, ALA is unique among biological antioxidants, because it is soluble in both water and lipids. This allows it to neutralize free radicals just about everywhere in the body, inside and outside the cells.