Living with diabetes requires a number of lifestyle changes, changes that help you keep your symptoms under control naturally. And one of the biggest adjustments you can make is by assuring your diet is as healthy as possible.
This means making sure your diet is loaded with powerful nutrients capable of helping you fight against the often painful issues related to diabetes. R-Alpha Lipoic Acid is one such nutrient. If you or someone you love has diabetes, R-Alpha Lipoic Acid should be at the top of your list of essential nutrients.
What is R-Alpha Lipoic Acid (R-ALA)?
R-Alpha Lipoic Acid is an organic naturally occurring compound that goes to work in your body as a powerful antioxidant. It is often referred to as the “universal antioxidant” as it has been shown to enhance the effects of other antioxidants throughout your body. (1)
R-Alpha Lipoic Acid is something your body produces naturally, but it’s also easy to find in a variety of foods and as a dietary supplement.
Research even shows how it plays a major role in a wide variety of health conditions, like weight loss, and especially diabetes.
What is the difference between S- & R-Alpha Lipoic Acid?
There are two different types of lipoic acid. The natural type, known as R-Lipoic Acid, which is made by the body, and the unnatural S- form of lipoic acid (enantiomers) not found anywhere in the natural world. R-lipoic acid is found in plants and animals, whereas the S-form of lipoic acid came into existence in 1952 when it was first chemically synthesized.
R-lipoic acid, the natural type, is immediately recognized by the body (after all, the body produces it). This instant “recognition” means that the body knows how to employ the lipoic acid to maximum effectiveness.
S-lipoic acid, the “unnatural” kind, on the other hand, has proven itself to be difficult for the body to absorb. Not only that, some research has indicated that the S-form of lipoic acid might even prevent natural R-liopic acid from exerting its antioxidative and anti-inflammatory powers. (2)
Despite the clear superiority of natural R-lipoic acid, most supplements on the market usually consist of a mixture of both forms. The reason isn’t in the effectiveness of this mixture, but just to save money. Born in a lab and not in nature, S-lipoic acid is cheaper to produce than its natural “R” counterpart.
How Does R-Alpha Lipoic Acid Help Fight Diabetes?
One of the biggest risk factors for the onset of diabetes is a blood sugar level that’s well outside of the normal range. If left unchecked, it can lead to whole host of issues — with neuropathy being one of the most problematic (learn more about neuropathy here).
R-Alpha Lipoic Acid has risen in popularity thanks to its ability to help regulate blood sugar levels in humans.
In recent studies, it’s been shown to lower blood sugar levels in animals by as much as 64%. (2, 3)
And according to German researchers, R-ALA is extremely effective when it comes to managing the symptoms that come with neuropathy.
Their study showed that taking R-ALA daily significantly reduced diabetic neuropathy symptoms. (4)
How to Get More R-Alpha Lipoic Acid in Your Diet
ALA is found naturally in several popular healthy foods.
Good sources of R-Alpha Lipoic Acid include:
You can also get R-ALA into your diet in the form of a high-quality supplement. A high-grade R-ALA supplement can contain up to 1,000 times more R-Alpha Lipoic Acid than a food source can. (5)
So, if you decide to take an r-alpha-lipoic supplement, know that research suggests they’re best taken on an empty stomach, since certain foods can lower the acid’s bioavailability. (6)
Nerveology’s Nerve Support Complex is one of the most complete sources of R-Alpha Lipoic Acid available.
We even made sure to include essential B vitamins and other high-quality, all-natural ingredients to support your body as it works to optimize your blood flow and circulation.
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