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Lipoic acid (ALA): The mother-of-all heart-health boosters

by , 24 July 2013

According to North Star Nutritionals, cholesterol isn't your arch-enemy. And that's because the plaque in your arteries isn't made up of naturally occurring cholesterol and it doesn't get stuck to your arterial walls all by itself either. It's made up of a special kind of cholesterol. When free radicals steal electrons from your cholesterol, it creates unhealthy oxidised cholesterol. So how do you keep these free radicals damaging your cholesterol? Read on to discover how alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) will help you do this…

According to Dr Allan Spreen of North Star Nutritionals, the way to keep free radicals from damaging your cholesterol is to zap them with antioxidants.

And there’s one antioxidant that beats all the others hands down: Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA).

“ALA is the ideal anti-oxidant!”

Dr Lester Packer of from the University of California describes alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) as a ‘universal’ and ‘ideal’ anti-oxidant.

According to Dr Packer, unlike vitamins C and E, which only work in water and fat respectively, ALA can overpower free radicals in both fat and water.

ALA is produced naturally by in your body, but as you age, your body produces less and less ALA.

So, supplementing is a plus.

In addition to being a powerful antioxidant, ALA may help stimulate insulin response and regulate your blood glucose levels.

So, now you know all about how free radicals affect cholesterol, arteries and cause ageing by stealing electrons. And, you know that the best way to protect against free radicals is by supplying your body with antioxidants. It’s advisable that you speak to your doctor about supplementing with ALA.

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