R-alpha lipoic acid (also known as R-ALA or thioctic acid) is a sulfur-containing organic acid powerful antioxidant, and an essential component of aerobic metabolism.
Alpha lipoic acid exists in two stereoisomers, the biologically active R-ALA, in addition to S-ALA, which is not produced in the human body. R-alpha lipoic acid is produced synthetically, and chemical manufacturing processes yield both the R- and S- isomers. The pure R- form is more costly to refine, as a result.
Supplementation of R-alpha lipoic acid may help support a healthy metabolism.
Alpha lipoic acid is both water and fat soluble, but has an unpleasant chemical burning taste. Capsules are generally preferred.
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This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
It is recommended that ALA supplements be taken on an empty stomach. Since red meat is one of the richest sources of naturally-occurring alpha lipoic acid, dietary supplementation should be considered by vegetarians and those cutting down on red meat consumption.