Lipoic Acid is a naturally occurring chemical produced by every cell in the body. Even though Lipoic Acid is made naturally within the body there is good evidence that our bodies can lose the ability to synthesize enough Lipoic Acid when we need it most. Although the body produces small amounts of R-Lipoic Acid necessary for metabolism, this may not meet the needs of the body for free radical quenching. Supplementation may be beneficial and can produce profound therapeutic benefits.
While Alpha R-Lipoic Acid acts as a potent antioxidant on its own, it also serves to regenerate other antioxidants like vitamin E, vitamin C and glutathione and also increases the production of glutathione (the most important water-soluble antioxidant).
As the ‘powerhouse’ of cells, mitochondria produce the energy that cells need to function. As the cells age, the activity of the mitochondria decreases, resulting in lower energy production, slower metabolism and increased oxidative stress and damage. Clinical studies have also demonstrated that supplementation with Alpha R-Lipoic Acid improved mitochondrial function, increased metabolic rate and decreased oxidate damage.
How Does R-Lipoic Acid Differ from Alpha Lipoic Acid?
The ‘R’ form is the proper structural fit for membrane receptors (which allow for better “communication” with the cells) and enzymes, therefore, it is metabolized more efficiently and with much greater potency.
Taking more synthetic ALA has not been shown to give the same benefit as R-Lipoic Acid.
Alpha R-Lipoic Acid has been reported to be 10 times more powerful than standard Alpha RS-Lipoic Acid (ALA).
Biologically active form of alpha lipoic acid
Better absorbed and more effective as an antioxidant than alpha-lipoic acid
R-lipoic acid by itself may be 10 times more effective than other forms of lipoic acid
Acts as a metabolic antioxidant and powerful scavenger of dangerous free radicals