Miracle weight loss pill? No, but close-Alpha Lipoic Acid
If you are trying to lose weight and improve your health, alpha lipoic acid (ALA) may be helpful. There is no such thing as a miracle drug to make you lose weight, but when you come to VIP Medical Weight Loss, our doctors will do everything they can to help you lose weight, including prescribing ALA if necessary. ALA is a powerful antioxidant that changes the way your body processes carbohydrates and sugars. It is useful in assisting in weight loss, as well as helping to manage certain diseases.
What Is Alpha Lipoic Acid?
Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is a powerful antioxidant that is water and fat soluble, which allows it to help a wide range of systems in our bodies. It is believed that alpha lipoic acid helps take glucose away from fat cells, and while shifting it into muscles instead, which results in increased energy and reduced fat storage.
How Does Alpha Lipoic Acid Assist In Weight Loss?
Because ALA is water and fat soluble, it works inside and outside the cells destroying harmful free radicals. It also enhances and recycles other powerful antioxidants within the body, including vitamins E and C, coenzyme q10, and glutathione. This further improves the body’s defenses. In layman’s terms, ALA helps improves the conversion of carbohydrates into energy, which results in fewer carbs being stored as fat cells. Instead of turning carbs into fat cells, the glycogen from the carbs is pushed into muscle cells instead. This may increase muscle size, and reduce fat accumulation. Several studies have shown that supplementing with ALA, in combination with a controlled diet results in a higher weight loss.
Other Health Benefits Of Alpha Lipoic Acid
- ALA is especially helpful for people with type 2 diabetes because alpha lipoic acid helps to improve the body’s natural ability to convert glucose into energy. In one study, doctors gave 600 mg of ALA orally to 12 obese type 2 diabetics while monitoring 12 healthy individuals who were not given ALA as a control. When the study concluded, it was found that the diabetic patients had an average of 85.8% increase in clearing of glucose from the blood, which is near twice as much as they had before. The study also found that after taking ALA, the diabetics insulin sensitivity increased 62.3%, which helped determine how sensitive diabetics are to insulin.
- Because ALA improves energy in every cell in the human body, it slows mental decline. It was found that it slows Alzheimer’s disease more effectively than drugs specifically targeted for the disease. In the study, nine patients with Alzheimer’s were given 600 mg of ALA per day, as well as the standard choline-esterase inhibitor treatment. After 12 months of this treatment, researchers concluded that their mental decline had stopped. Currently, the study includes 43 patients who have taken ALA for 48 months, and it was found that the symptoms for those with mild Alzheimer’s progressed very slowly. Even for the patients with moderate Alzheimer’s, it was found that the symptoms of those taking ALA progressed much slower than those not taking it.
- ALA also helps with subclinical hypothyroidism (SH). This disease is linked to elevated blood pressure and less-flexible blood vessels. Oxidative stress is a factor in SH. A study was done that monitored 40 women diagnosed with SH who took either a placebo or ALA daily for three weeks. The ALA group had significantly lower levels of oxidative stress and better blood-vessel flexibility than compared to the beginning of the study. The placebo group had no change. A direct like was found between decreased levels of oxidative stress and increased blood-vessel flexibility.
As you can see, not only can ALA help you to lose weight, but it can improve your overall health.
Can Anyone Take Alpha Lipoic Acid?
Before taking any supplements or medications you should speak with a doctor. Here at VIP Medical Weight Loss, our doctors can determine if you are a candidate for ALA. If you are, they will monitor your progress and health factors while taking it. Taking medication and supplements can be intimidating, but with us, you can be comfortable and confident that your doctor has your best interest in mind. You get to meet with your doctor once a week, or more often if needed. We genuinely care about you, your weight loss, and your health.
Visit our clinic today, and start your journey to a skinnier, healthier, happier you.