Lipoic acid

Overview

Also known as thioctic acid, lipoic acid is a fat soluble compound made in the body.  It is involved in the breakdown of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.


Function

Lipoic acid works with thiamin and niacin when metabolizing glucose.  It is also an antioxidant so it protects against water and fat soluble free radicals.


Forms Available


Recommended Intake

Based on research conducted, it is believed to be able to take 300 to 600 milligrams of alpha-lipoic acid, yielding very few side effects.


Deficiency

Low levels of lipoic acid may lead to the development of diabetes, heart disease, and cirrhosis of the liver.


Sources in the Diet

The best sources of lipoic acid are liver and brewer’s yeast.


Recent Studies and Articles

Extending life with lipoic acid

http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2007/oct2007_nu_lipoic_acid_01.htm

Sources of lipoic acid

http://www.livestrong.com/article/316752-sources-of-lipoic-acid/


Challenges Presented


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Sources

  1. [0] – The New Encyclopedia of Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements, and Herbs
  2. [0] – http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/alternative/alpha-lipoic-acid3.htm