Lipoic Acid has become one of Bevko’s most popular products, not only for its antioxidant and detoxification properties, but also because it aids in weight loss and energy production. Read on for more information about lipoic acid’s powerful properties!
Lipoic acid is a coenzyme that has many functions in the body. It aids cellular energy production by converting carbohydrates (sugar) to energy. Lipoic acid is also a powerful antioxidant. Called the universal antioxidant because it is both fat-soluble and water-soluble, lipoic acid can destroy more free radicals than most antioxidants.
Supports Glucose Control
In Germany, lipoic acid has been used to help diabetics with their blood sugar (as well as with complications of diabetes such as diabetic neuropathy).
*When taking lipoic acid, some diabetics may need to reduce their medication or insulin, and they should discuss this with their physician.
Promotes Liver Detoxification
Lipoic acid’s antioxidant qualities have been used by some practitioners to help with liver problems. In a medical article, Dr. Burton Berkson described the use of lipoic acid, along with silymarin and selenium, to treat three patients with extensive liver disease caused by hepatitis C. Using that combination, all three patients were able to avoid liver transplantation and to return to work feeling healthy!
Promotes Weight Loss
Your body's cells need lipoic acid to be able to metabolize sugars into energy. When you more efficiently turn sugars into energy, you have more energy, and that sugar doesn't have a chance to turn into fat! As people get older they often have difficulty with this process. As a result, they often have problems losing weight and may have a build-up of fat, especially around the waist. Some of our customers have reported a reduction in cellulite after several months of using lipoic acid. Some studies have shown that lipoic acid can help support weight loss by suppressing hypothalamic AMPK activity.
Assists Memory and Brain Function
In Europe, some researcher have found that lipoic acid can have a positive effect on long term memory in older mice. The authors of these studies believe that lipoic acid can compensate for age-related long-term memory loss. Some scientists believe that lipoic acid may be helpful in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease and other neurological problems.
Reduces Effects of Strokes and Heart Attacks
Strokes and heart attacks are caused by clogged blood vessels. Some scientists believe that antioxidants like lipoic acid can help protect blood vessels from the development of clogged arteries. Researchers estimate that the addition of antioxidants by supplementation could decrease the risk of heart attack by 20-30%. Yet other studies show that lipoic acid may help preserve more brain tissue after a stroke.
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