3 Amazing Benefits of ALA Supplements
Our founder, Dr. Meredith Warner, is an orthopedic surgeon and wellness expert who has been on a mission to help her patients recover from injuries faster and give them the tools to improve their overall well-being, naturally.
She believes in empowering people to improve and manage their own health. By founding Well Theory, she extended this unique methodology to those beyond her clinic doors.
ALA is a natural compound that is present within mitochondria – the parts of cells which create energy. ALA is a crucial component in the digestion, absorption, and creation of energy as it helps enzymes within cells turn nutrients into energy. ALA is very important in our fight against metabolic syndromes, insulin resistance and diabetes.
ALA has a large role to play as we manage complications such as retinopathy, neuropathy and neuropathic pain and other vascular problems. In addition, it is considered to be an insulin-mimetic molecule.
Since humans only produce ALA in small amounts, and the amount of ALA we produce can be quickly negatively impacted by lifestyle factors that increase oxidative stress, many people choose to turn to supplements to increase their intake and improve the function of their mitochondria.
Here are 3 benefits you may experience when you start taking Alpha-Lipoic Acid:
Dr. Warner chose to begin offering our new Alpha-Lipoic Acid supplements with her diabetic patients in mind. Traditional pharmaceutical options for neuropathic pain relief are often plagued with worrisome side effects and medicinal fog.
Often, medications prescribed for peripheral neuropathy are intended to actually treat other conditions, such as gabapentin – which is a drug that was developed to treat epilepsy.
One study found that “ALA is a valuable therapeutic option for diabetic neuropathy. When compared with currently licensed analgesic drugs, it is better tolerated, has a more rapid onset of action, and improves paresthesia, numbness, sensory deficits, and muscle strength in addition to neuropathic pain.”
ALA is well-regarded in the anti-aging community of scientists. This molecule has been well-described and defined to be able to chelate metals, restore good glutathione levels, scavenge free radicals and to improve glucose and ascorbate handling.
Inflammation is a normal part of your body’s function. Your inflammatory response plays a beneficial role in immunity, for example. However, when inflammation gets out of hand, it can negatively impact virtually every structure within your body.
Chronic inflammation has been linked to certain cancers and diabetes, so to ensure your prolonged well-being, it is imperative to keep inflammation in check.
According to one analysis published in 2018, Alpha-Lipoic Acid intake was shown to significantly lower C-reactive protein (CRP) levels.
CRP is a marker of inflammation and is most commonly associated with harmful, inflammation-caused, or related diseases such as diabetes and cancer.
As we age, our brain health naturally declines. In addition, oxidative stress increases as we age and start producing fewer antioxidants. Oxidative stress, which occurs when free radicals outnumber antioxidants, can damage virtually every cell within our bodies – but can have a significant impact on your neural health, which includes your brain.
This can lead to a loss of memory and cognition.
According to one study, which included participants with Alzheimer’s disease, ALA was shown to possibly slow the progression of memory loss. ALA is not a cure for Alzheimer’s, but the researchers in this study suggested that ALA’s benefits may be due to its positive effects on insulin resistance and glucose metabolism, as diabetes is one of the risk factors of Alzheimer’s.
Human and animal studies have established that there are few if any adverse effects from consuming ALA as a supplement. Human studies had no adverse effects v placebo in doses up to 2400mg per day. Oral doses of 600mg three times a day also had no reports of adverse events. ALA has been used in Europe for over 50 years as a therapeutic agent for diabetic neuropathy and retinopathy.
Our wellness products are designed to help you fill nutritional gaps, improve your well-being, and help you preserve the physical and mental function you have – so you can continue to enjoy optimal wellness for many years to come.
We base our products on extensive research and clinical research and hope to empower your own health and wellness.
Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.
She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.
At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:
- Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
- Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
- Fill the gaps in our daily diets
- Manage pain associated with inflammation
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