Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA) is an antioxidant naturally found in plants like broccoli, spinach, carrots, beets, etc. Its antioxidant properties play a valuable role in fighting off free radicals that cause damage at a cellular level throughout our bodies.
ALA can help protect against neuron damage caused by oxidative stress.
There has also been evidence that Alpha-Lipoic Acid can improve insulin sensitivity.
WHAT IS INSULIN SENSITIVITY?
Insulin sensitivity refers to how sensitive your body’s cells are to responding to insulin levels.
Insulin is the hormone that helps regulate blood glucose levels or blood sugar levels.
Those with low insulin sensitivity have developed pre-diabetes or type-2 diabetes when unmanaged. This is referred to as a type of ‘low insulin sensitivity’. Source
There are different lifestyle and dietary changes that can help increase insulin sensitivity. But that may not be enough for some.
ALPHA-LIPOIC ACID AND INSULIN SENSITIVITY
A study conducted to determine the effects of Alpha-Lipoic Acid on insulin sensitivity in type-2 diabetics found that taking Alpha-Lipoic Acid during the 4-week treatment greatly improves insulin sensitivity in type-2 diabetes. When compared to those that received the placebo, the participants that received the Alpha-Lipoic Acid has significant changes in their metabolic clearance rate (MCR). Source
Another study was conducted that measured insulin sensitivity, inflammation and oxidative stress.
They found a correlation between inflammation and oxidative stress and insulin sensitivity.
After taking the ALA, participants had lower levels of inflammation and oxidative stress markers along with an increase in their insulin sensitivity.
DIABETIC SUPPORT WITH WELL THEORY'S ALPHA-LIPOIC ACID
Dr. Meredith Warner introduced her Alpha-Lipoic Acid Supplement to her line of wellness products because she loves how it helps ward off inflammation and oxidative stress while helping those with Peripheral Neuropathy fight pain, numbness, and tingling caused by nerve damage most often associated with Diabetes.