Alpha-lipo (also known as thiotic acid) is called in Cinderella Injection in Sout Korea.
It is a naturally occurring compound involved in energy metabolism which was originally identified in the 1950s as a component of the Kreb’s cycle (a series of chemical reactions which allows aerobic organisms to create energy through cellular respiration).
However, since the 1980s more research has been done to explore the variable qualities of this compound, which distinguish it from other compounds with similar functions.
This coenzyme is a powerful anti-oxidant and has an essential role in the metabolism of the macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins and fats).
This is unlike other anti-oxidants such as vitamin C which is only water soluble or vitamin E which is fat soluble.
Unfortunately, this material decreases gradually as it grows older.
It therefore goes without saying that ALA is a substance that should be considered for dietary supplementation for anyone concerned with anti-oxidant defence for general health, and those wanting to maintain proper glucose metabolism.
Alpha-lipoic acid is a vitamin-like chemical called an antioxidant. Yeast, liver, kidney, spinach, broccoli, and potatoes are good sources of alpha-lipoic acid. It is also made in the laboratory for use as medicine.
Alpha-lipoic acid is used for diabetes and nerve-related symptoms of diabetes including burning, pain, and numbness in the legs and arms. High doses of alpha-lipoic acid are approved in Germany for the treatment of these symptoms.
Some people use alpha-lipoic acid for memory loss, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), HIV/AIDS, cancer, liver disease, diseases of the heart and blood vessels (including a disorder called cardiac autonomic neuropathy) and Lyme disease.
Alpha-lipoic acid is also used to treat eye-related disorders, such as damage to the retina, cataracts, glaucoma, and an eye disease called Wilson’s disease.
How does it work?
Alpha-lipoic acid seems to help prevent certain kinds of cell damage in the body, and also restores vitamin levels such as vitamin E and vitamin C.
There is also evidence that alpha-lipoic acid can improve the function and conduction of neurons in diabetes.
Alpha-lipoic acid is used in the body to break down carbohydrates and to make energy for the other organs in the body.
Alpha-lipoic acid seems to work as an antioxidant, which means that it might provide protection to the brain under conditions of damage or injury. The antioxidant effects might also be helpful in certain liver diseases.