Alpha Lipoic Acid, also known as Thioctic Acid, is a sulfur containing vitamin-like substance that plays an important role as an antioxidant and the necessary cofactor in 2 vital energy producing reactions in the production of ATP. Alpha Lipoic acid is not considered a vitamin, presumably because under normal conditions the body can usually manufacture sufficient levels. However, like many of the other compounds referred to as supplements, a relative deficiency of Alpha Lipoic Acid can occur in certain situations and therefore its supplementation exerts benefits beyond its role in normal metabolism. Functioning as a potent antioxidant, Alpha Lipoic acid is unique in that it is effective against both water soluble and fat soluble free radicals.
Alpha Lipoic Acid is involved in the conversion of carbohydrates into energy and therefore may benefit diabetics by helping them convert glucose into energy.
The principle uses of supplemental Alpha Lipoic Acid are in the treatment of diabetes, AIDSs, cirrhosis of the liver, heart disease, cataracts, heavy metal toxicity, and supporting the process of detoxification.
Vista Natural Wellness offers Alpha Lipoic Acid in a vegetarian preparation that is high bioavailable for dispersion into both water soluble and fat soluble tissues.