Alpha-Lipoic Acid: To Aid Blood Sugar and Improve Insulin Resistance
Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is a natural and potent antioxidant that is found in many foods but most notably in organ meats and certain vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, brussels sprouts and rice bran. It is also is naturally produced in our bodies. In supplemental form, the benefits of ALA are well established:
- has been used in parts Europe to help with nerve damage
- has anti-toxin properties as it is a natural chelating agent that removes mercury from the body
- may help prevent stroke by protecting brain tissue
- has been used to help those with type 2 diabetes
These are among the reasons it is one of the primary ingredients in Amino Diet’s Dual Support Supplement.
ALA’s has many uses in helping type 2 diabetes and may help reverse or even prevent insulin resistance and prediabetes. A study published in the May, 2010, issue of the American Journal of Physiology, Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology; found that ALA helped prevent type 2 diabetes in laboratory animals that were fed a high fructose diet. Compared to a control group that did not receive ALA, blood sugar fluctuations were reduced in the test animals. This led the researchers to conclude that supplementing with ALA may help manage blood sugar levels and delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. Of course, anything that helps manage blood sugar levels may also prevent or reverse prediabetes, even among those who are at the most risk for developing type 2 diabetes and who already show signs of insulin resistance.
Insulin resistance occurs when cells are unable to respond to the normal and healthy actions of the hormone insulin. Many cells require insulin in order to absorb glucose. When cells are unable to take in glucose, blood glucose levels will rise, often to unhealthy levels. Insulin resistance is often linked to poor diet and has been shown to coexist with obesity. Diets that are high in processed carbohydrates and/or sugar appear to be a direct cause of insulin resistance, in part because these may overwhelm the body’s natural sensitivity to glucose. However, ALA has been clinically proven to help reverse these trends. The U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health (NLM, NIH) found that ALA helps reduce body weight and prevents obesity in diabetes-prone obese rats. The results also indicated that ALA decreased insulin resistance by increasing the sensitivity of insulin, leading to its disposal. The proper disposal of the insulin also prevents the increase in blood sugar levels.
Those who are already suffering the effects of type 2 diabetes will also benefit from ALA. Short-term trials with ALA found that it dramatically reduced the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy and improved cardiac autonomic dysfunction in those patients with type 2 diabetes. In addition to reversing or preventing insulin resistance and prediabetes, it may also help in the treatment of dementia, which is especially good news as those with diabetes are at greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. All of this is in addition to the benefits of ALA on blood glucose levels and insulin sensitivity.
Alpha-lipoic acid is just one remarkably potent ingredient in Amino Diet’s crucial Dual Support Supplement. This supplement was designed specifically to give our customers the greatest success in combatting and reversing obesity and type 2 diabetes and is but one example of our commitment and dedication to our customers. Good health is the single greatest gift we can possess yet it is something we often take for granted until that gift is lost. Our Diabetic Program is the tool to regain good health.
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