Alpha Lipoic Acid

 

Also known as the “universal antioxidant,” Alpha lipoic acidAlso known as the “universal antioxidant,” Alpha lipoic acid has many important functions, including providing the body with defense against free radical damage and helps to convert glucose (blood sugar) into energy. has many important functions, including providing the body with defense against free radical damage and helps to convert glucose (blood sugar) into energy. Free radical damage is thought to contribute to aging and chronic illness. Alpha lipoic acid is also reported to act as a nutrient booster by helping to enhance inherent antioxidant activity of vitamins C, E and CoQ10 within the body.  Alpha lipoic acid can be obtained from dietary sources such as, kidney, liver, spinach, broccoli, potatoes, and yeast extract as well as in a chemically synthesized supplement form.  Contrary to what is advertised naturally occurring lipoic acid is always covalently bound and not readily available from natural dietary sources as the amount of lipoic acid present is natural sources is very low. For instance, a scientific test in which lipoic acid was purified to determine its structure used an estimated 10 tons of liver residue, and yielded 30 mg of testable lipoic acid. As a result, all lipoic acid available in the market place or added as a supplement to pet foods is chemically synthesized.

 

See the attached study on the benefit of Alpha lipoic acid in geriatric dogs.