Alpha Lipoic Acid, commonly known as “ALA” is an antioxidant with several benefits for athletes. ALA has been shown to promote energy production by improving the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins within the body. It also helps control glucose levels in the body and is also great at p...
Alpha Lipoic Acid, commonly known as “ALA” is an antioxidant with several benefits for athletes. ALA has been shown to promote energy production by improving the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins within the body. It also helps control glucose levels in the body and is also great at preventing and reducing harmful free radicals.
ALA is a very effective antioxidant. The chemical is both water and fat soluble which allows it to be spread throughout almost the entire body. This allows ALA to effectively reduce and prevent free radicals. Free radicals have been shown to cause damage to cells, and eventually lead to several diseases including cardiovascular disease and cancer. Most athletes may question the need for an antioxidant when trying to reach physique or strength goals. While reducing free radicals may not directly increase muscle mass or lower body fat, preventing serious diseases will help ensure a long and healthy career for any athlete.
ALA also helps promote optimal energy in the body by helping to effectively metabolize the food you eat. As athletes, more energy is always in high demand. Increased energy will translate into more intense workouts, greater gains, and additional energy throughout the day after a grueling training session.
Sources and Dosage
ALA can be found in a few foods including red meats and brewer’s yeast. Due to the usually high cost of red meat, and the rarity of having brewer’s yeast lying around the house, supplementing with ALA is likely a more practical way to ensure you are maximizing your energy levels each day, and give your body the tools it needs to remain healthy.
Correct dosages for ALA are very dependent on the product you buy or the prescription given by a doctor. It’s important to follow the directions related to the product you are currently using.
Some supplements sold here at MFN that contain Alpha Lipoic Acid are:
- Pure ALA by Primaforce
-Liver Matrix by Pro Science Labs
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