November 17, 2018

Alpha Lipoic Acid

alpha lipoic acid and weight loss

Alpha lipoic acid is an organic compound that has antioxidant powers and has gotten a lot of buzz lately in the diet and health industry. While it is produced naturally in the body, it often isn’t found at a high enough level to really get the most out of its many health benefits, which is why it has begun to take prominence as an ingredient in diet pills.

So how effective is this compound, and what health benefits does it have for your body? I did some research and present my findings below.

Health Benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid

What makes alpha lipoic acid such a valuable compound is that it is both water and fat soluble, meaning that it can be used in every tissue or cell in your body. This is unique from other antioxidants, which are mostly only soluble in one or the other. So what does this mean for your health?

Weight Loss

There are a number of ways that this antioxidant can help you lose weight. Research has indicated that it can inhibit enzymes in your brain’s hypothalamus that create hunger. With these enzymes blocked, your appetite is suppressed and you don’t overeat. It makes it easier to stick to your diet and avoid unhealthy snacking.

In addition, the suppression of these enzymes also has the effect of increasing your metabolism. Put those two together – eating less, and burning more calories – and you have a formula for weight loss!

A number of studies have been conducted to study the effects of supplementation with alpha lipoic acid versus a placebo group. Over the course of 14 weeks, test participants who took this antioxidant lost more than 1.5 pounds (on average) over the placebo group, and that number rose to almost 3 more pounds of weight loss in the span of 23 weeks. While the effects may be slight, it is still a net positive in your weight loss journey.

Diabetes Control

Being overweight or obese is a risk factor for diabetes, so this antioxidant helps you lower those risk factors.

On top of that, alpha lipoic acid can help regulate your blood sugar levels. Animal testing on this 

the health benefits of alpha lipoic acid

ingredient has indicated a reduction in blood sugar by more than 60%. Testing on humans gave evidence that it can help with insulin and glucose levels. This leads many to believe it can be a great aid to those with diabetes.

Lowered Risk of Heart Disease

One of the top killers in America is heart disease. Fortunately, risk factors for these cardiovascular issues can be reduced through the consumption of alpha lipoic acid. The antioxidant properties cleanse your body of free radicals that attack your cells, cause oxidative stress, and can lead to heart disease. Additionally, it can help your blood vessels dilate more efficiently, lowering the risk of heart attack and strokes.

Diet Pills With Alpha Lipoic Acid

This ingredient is used in many of the top diet pills on the market. For my money, one of the best brands out there is Shredz, which makes dietary supplements for all body types. You can read my review of the Shredz Fat Burner here:

For more information on all the different types of diet pills available today – there is no shortage of variety in this industry, it can be difficult to know where to start – I put together a comprehensive guide here:

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T.J. LaPanta is a Florida based aspiring comedian and health nut.
When he's not trying to hack his way through a post-graduate degree, he's slaving away in the kitchen, working out, or trying to score a date.

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