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Countdown to Atlanta's NGA World Bodybuilding & Figure Championships: Antioxidants-Alpha Lipoic Acid

Although alpha-lipoic acid is found in a wide variety of foods from plant and animal sources,
Although alpha-lipoic acid is found in a wide variety of foods from plant and animal sources,

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Alpha-Lipoic Acid )ALA) is a powerful antioxidant-both on its own and as an enable of vitamins "E" and "C".  It can restore the antioxidant properties of these vitamins after they have neutralized free radicals. ALA also stimulates the body's production of glutathione and aids in the absorption of CoQ10, both important antioxidants.  Because ALA is soluable in both water and fat, it can move into all parts of cells to deactivate free radicals.

Supplemental ALA has been used for almost three decades in Europe to treat peripheral nerve degenerative disease and also helps to regulate normal blood sugar levels in people with diabetes,  It also helps to detoxify the liver of metal pollutants, block cataract formation, protect nerve tissue against oxidative stress, and reduce blood cholesterol levels.  According to Lester Packer, Ph.D., professor of molecular and cellular biology at UC Berkley, ALA could play an important role in the prevention and treatment of chronic degenerative diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. ALA is known also as a metabolic antioxidant, because without it, cells cannot use sugar to produce energy.  The body does not produce large amounts of ALA, but because it is found naturally in only a few foods, including spinach, broccoli, potatoes, brewer's yeast, and organ meats, supplementation may be suitable to the athlete who wishes to add more to its diet.

Among its primary function in the body, where it is converted into lipoamide, is to activate enzymes that handle energy producing molecules, such as pyruvate, and to break down products from amino acids. Basically, ALA helps us collect energy and nutrients from the food we eat.  The body needs ALA to produce energy.  It plays a crucial role in the mitochondria, the energy-producing structures in cells.  The body actually makes enough ALA for these basic metabolic functions.  Supplementing with alpha lipoic acid can result in noticeable gains in both strength and muscularity. Taking ALA before and during a work out will increase performance and help to transport nutrients faster to your muscles for use during high intensity exercise. Alpha lipoic acid plays a big role as one of the best antioxidants available and is beneficial to the human body. Therefore, alpha lipoic acid could be very beneficial in your quest for muscle growth.


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