Alpha-lipoic acid was discovered in 1951, and has long been recognized as a coenzyme needed to break down sugar for energy production. It was not until 1988 that researchers realized that not only is alpha-lipoic acid itself a potent antioxidant, but the body converts some of it to dihydrolipoic acid, which posesses even greater antioxidant properties. The body is capable of making some alpha-lipoic acid, but it has been shown that it is unable to make enough to exercise its full antioxidant capabilities. Evidence suggests that the amount synthesized by the body is only adequate for metabolic function, and the additional that is needed for antioxidant protection must come from the diet or supplements.
- Lipoic™ is a registered trademark of Henkel Corporation.
- Tablet is scored to provide more flexibility with individual dosages.
- Is both water and fat soluble, providing antioxidant protection inside the cell wall, as well as in the intracellular spaces.
- Therapeutic dosages (600 mg) have been routinely used in European clinics for years.