Alpha-lipoic acid is a very minute antioxidant molecule, so it is able to cross cell membranes with ease, and it is absorbed very efficiently.One its main functions is the production of energy. In combination with vitamins C and E, it also helps to protect cells against oxidative stress.
As both a water and fat soluble substance, alpha-lipoic acid can conquer free radicals from both outside and within the cell. Additionally, it recycles vitamin C directly, and it recycles vitamin E indirectly. The human body can produce alpha lipoic acid; however, supplementation is highly recommended. This substance has so many uses throughout the human body that it is often used up before it can be applied as an antioxidant.
In Germany, alpha-lipoic acid is used as an approved treatment for the nerve disease, diabetic neuropathy. Its efficacy for this use has been proven in a number of double blind studies. For this purpose, it should be administered at a rate of 300600 milligrams a day.
Directions: 1 capsule, 3 times daily taken at least 30 minutes before meals, or as directed by a health care practitioner. Use for a minimum of 3 weeks for the full effects to be develop.