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Alpha lipoic acid is a fatty acid, which the body takes part in carbohydrate metabolism. Biological value it is on par with vitamins and minerals, can be used as a drug.

Can be found another name for acid — thioctic, vitamin N, or just lipoic. It is made in the form of a crystalline powder of yellowish color with a specific smell and bitter taste. Properties of lipoic acid and its effects on the body are extensive. The main effect it has is antioxidant. It is widely used for toning and relaxation, used in the treatment of cancer and for the prevention of and protection from infections and viruses.


What else?


Lipoic acid also:


  • Lowers concentration of glucose in the blood, beneficial in diabetes.
  • Involved in most biochemical processes in the body.
  • Regulates fat and carbohydrate metabolism.
  • It normalizes the thyroid gland.
  • Helps to detoxify the body after ingestion of alcohol, toxic substances, and inputs of heavy metals.
  • Often assigned as a secondary means for lowering the side effects of other drugs in the treatment of various diseases.
  • A positive effect on the nervous system, struggling with mental disorders, and reduces emotional tension.
  • Controls the level of cholesterol in the body.


Scientists have proved the efficacy of lipoic acid in the fight against migraine, memory loss and protect from radiation exposure.


What foods contain?


The main sources of lipoic acid are products of animal origin — the heart, kidneys and liver.


In large quantities it is also found in various legumes: lentils, peas, beans.


A small portion of the acid can be obtained from bananas, mushrooms, yeast, rice, spinach, cabbage and dairy products.


The human body is capable of producing lipoic acid alone. But even with the amount that can be obtained from food, the level of its content is insufficient for the healthy functioning of the body.


Therefore, doctors advise to pay attention to the additional intake of supplements of alpha-lipoic acid. They are available in several forms: in the form of capsules, powder, and ampoules for intravenous injection.

How to take?


Like other vitamin-like substances, lipoic acid has its consumption. They will be different depending on age.


  • Children under 15 years recommended 12-25 mg, in adulthood, of the order of 25-50 mg.
  • In a period of intense physical or emotional stress should increase the intake of lipoic acid 75 mg. the same goes for people who have cardiovascular disease, kidney problems or liver, regardless of their age group.


If lipoic acid is included in the program of complex treatment of any disease, its dosage can be significantly increased.


You should note that at the time of receiving the lipoic acid is necessary to refuse from alcohol.




Lipoic acid should not be given to children below 6 years of age and people with hypersensitivity to the drug.


With care it is necessary to approach to receive it during pregnancy or nursing. In the latter case, it is better to consult a specialist.


Use for weight loss

Lipoic acid has the remarkable property that will be useful to anyone who seeks to reduce the fat content in the body and to reduce your weight. It is involved in the process of weight loss and promotes a more active breakdown of fat cells during exercise.


In addition, once in the body, lipoic acid enhances protein metabolism, due to which the person receives the required amount of energy, combined with a strict diet.


For weight loss lipoic acid should be taken before the first meal, after a workout or for dinner. Good to combine a portion of the Supplement with starchy foods.


For maximum effect, you should closely monitor their primary diet. It needs to be balanced and fully meet your daily need of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Avoid growing hunger.


Supplement for athletes


Every athlete knows that in the process of training one of the main tasks when building a beautiful body is the right muscle recovery.


Lipoic acid acts as antioxidant and enhances human potential. Eating decreases production of heavy radicals as a result of intensive training in the gym. This allows the body to rest and grow.


Regular use of lipoic acid will increase physical activity, without losing performance.


It also acts as anticatabolic, i.e. does not break down proteins, which favorably affects the performance of your training process.


Application in cosmetology


Lipoic acid is actively used externally as a cosmetic. In most formulations anti-aging creams it is in the first place.


Lipoic acid gives skin a healthy appearance, helps to maintain skin tone and reduces the negative effects from prolonged exposure to the sun.


Can be useful in skin diseases: dandruff and acne as well tightens pores and reduces inflammation.


Side effects


In the study of the impact of lipoic acid on the human body was not identified significant adverse impacts. Even in the case of combining it with other antioxidants: vitamins A or C, L-carnitine or green tea extract.


However, when excessive the recommended dose is exceeded you may experience the following symptoms:


— increased blood pressure;

— allergic reactions;

— convulsions;

— problems with digestion.published econet.ru.

Ruslan Goncharov