Alpha Lipoic AcidBodybuildingDosage: 500 to 1500 mg per day.
ALABodybuilding Benefits: Alpha-Lipoic Acid has recently become a very popular bodybuilding supplement because it can enhance insulin sensitivity, improving the body's ability to add lean mass and reduce fat. ALA is known to increase the ability of other anti-oxidants to combat free radicals, and enhance recovery.
Category: Alpha Lipoic Acid supports bodybuilding as a Recovery Supplement.
What is Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)?
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA), or simply lipoic acid, is a sulfur bearing compound with antioxidant properties; it plays roles in energy metabolism.
ALA is a very potent anti-oxidant that helps enhance the usage of vitamins C, E, and glutathione in the body. ALA is found in foods such as potatoes, carrots, yams, and red meat, and is synthesized in the human body.
Benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid Lipoic acid can repair free radical damage at the cellular level, keeping your cells healthy which aids in the absorption of nutrients. Alpha lipoic acid assists in converting carbohydrates to energy, improves metabolism and stabilizes blood sugar levels.
Alpha Lipoic Acid benefits bodybuilders due to the intense physical stress from activities such as weight training or cardio sessions. These strenuous activities can cause extreme oxidative damage, letting many free radicals loose inside the body.
Because of the positive effects alpha lipoic acid has on the
stabilization of blood sugar and repair of free radical damage, lipoic acid is of particular benefit for diabetics or those at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Those with immune deficiencies such as HIV or cancer have found ALA very useful as well. Alpha lipoic acid also acts as a powerful liver detoxifier (beneficial to those with hepatitis), and has also been found to reduce and even prevent retinal degeneration.