Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) combats free radicals & helps you build muscle or lose weight!

Scientists initially discovered the importance of alpha lipoic acid (ALA) in the early 1950’s. Alpha Lipoic Acid are often found in foods like liver, heart (particularly organ meat), spinach, broccoli, and tomatoes. Our body also produces ALA, but in smaller amounts.

In this post, I will be talking about Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA).

Note that it is not the same as the Omega 3 ALA which stands for Alpha-Linolenic Acid that can be found in flaxseed, chia seeds, and hemp seeds.

Alpha Lipoic Acid is a fast-absorbing fatty acid which is synthesized in plants, animals, and humans, and functions as a co-factor for energy production.

After breaking down into lipoamide in the body, ALA’s main function is to encourage enzymes like pyruvate to break down and collect nutrients and energy from the foods that we eat.

Supplementing with ALA products can be a useful antioxidant support. ALA is a resilient and versatile antioxidant, and can play a supporting role to alternative antioxidants like Vitamin C, E, and Glutathione.

Alpha Lipoic Acid can also be concerned with the process for extracting necessary nutrients and energy from your food – nutrient partitioning.


Alpha Lipoic Acid’s roles as an antioxidant and a nutrient partitioner make it useful for multiple goals. If you want to maintain good health and fight free radicals, ALA is definitely an option to consider.

Alpha Lipoic Acid’s nutrient partitioning role can help you build muscle or lose fat, whichever, allowing the body to efficiently work toward a specific goal.

Hence, bodybuilders and athletes often use food supplements containing ALA.


Because Alpha Lipoic Acid is quickly absorbed, it is recommended to supplement ALA in divided doses throughout the day, rather than in a single daily dose. It is recommended that Alpha Lipoic Acid be taken between 300-1,800 milligrams each day. Note however that there is no proven treatment, hence no established dose.

It is no surprise that people often buy supplements without advice from their doctors. We make our own research and read from interesting articles from the internet, like you are probably doing right now! So, make sure to strictly follow the package directions for any Alpha Lipoic Acid product, because the dosage can vary between different products.

I hope this post will be helpful to you. Remember to share your views in the comment section below!

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  1. 07/02/2022

    […] Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) combats free radicals & helps you build muscle or lose weight!  […]

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    […] these polyunsaturated fatty acids, 20% are alpha-linolenic acid (not to be confused with Alpha Lipoic Acid), an essential omega-3 fatty acid with proven benefits for the cardiovascular […]

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