Alpha Lipoic Acid 180 tablets - alpha lipoic acid and biotin | Jarrow Formulas

Alpha Lipoic Acid 180 tablets - alpha lipoic acid and biotin | Jarrow Formulas

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Jarrow Formulas Alpha Lipoic Acid  is a unique lipid and water soluble antioxidant that is a co-factor in energy production, helping to regulate glucose metabolism. ALA also promotes the synthesis of glutathione. Biotin is added for optimum ALA activity.

Alpha Lipoic Acid is a disulfide molecule (containing two thiol groups). A thiol (or -SH) consists of a sulfur and a hydrogen atom. This unique anti-oxidant is both lipid- and water-soluble, a potent promoter of glutathione synthesis and a co-factor in energy production, helping to regulate glucose metabolism. Jarrow Formulas Alpha Lipoic Acid is made in Europe. Biotin is added for optimum ALA activity.

Alpha Lipoic Acid is the most abundant anti-oxidant produced in the liver, which serves as a liver detoxifying agent combined with N-Acetyl Cysteine to cleanse the liver by increasing Glutathione production in the liver . 

important
It is frequently stated that that the R- form of alpha lipoic acid is better and more stable than the mixed form. These claims have NOT been verified by other studies other than the one present by marketeers of R-ALA supplements and the respective manufacturers of R-ALA. All of the peer reviewed studies done on ALA have been done with the mix form NOT the R-ALA form which is not stable enough during production.

key benefits
• helps to control blood sugar levels and lowers dependence on insulin
• reduces abdominal body fat in overweight men and women
• controls carb cravings
• safe to use for a prolonged period

background reading
Alpha lipoic acid (aka ALA, lipoate or thioctic acid) is utilized as an antioxidant and co-factor in glycolysis. Glycolysis is the initial process in most of the body’s pathways to breakdown glucose into useful forms of energy. Though critical to life, ALA is not a vitamin because it can be synthesized from essential fatty acids and the amino acid L-cysteine. However, no food is rich enough to serve as a good source.

Chemically, ALA has two juxtaposed sulfur atoms. When oxidized, the two sulfurs bond together (disulfide form). When reduced to dihydrolipoic acid, the active antioxidant form, each sulfur atom attaches to hydrogen (thiol form). ALA’s antioxidant chemistry is similar to glutathione, another sulfur-containing molecule and the most abundant antioxidant inside cells.

The Universal Antioxidant
Under normal conditions, ALA is reduced to its active form, dihydrolipoic acid, inside cells as the body needs it. Like vitamin C, ALA functions in water-based phases such as blood. However, like vitamin E, it also protects fatty tissues and membranes. ALA quenches free radicals—such as hydroxyl, singlet-oxygen, and peroxynitrite—in both water and lipid phases, and protects against lipid peroxidation. Altogether, it deactivates an unusually wide array of cell-damaging free radicals in many bodily systems.

Antioxidant Rejuvenator
ALA enhances the potency of other antioxidants in both water-based (blood, cytosol) and lipid (membrane, blood lipids) compartments. It recycles vitamin C directly and vitamin E indirectly in a unique and significant capacity, often preventing the symptoms of deficiency of these two critical vitamins.

Importantly, ALA increases glutathione levels in cells, in part by facilitating L-cysteine availability. It maintains the ratio of reduced- to-oxidized coenzyme Q10, which impacts mitochondrial health and energy production.

Blood Sugar Metabolism and Muscular Energy
ALA also plays an important role in energy production from carbohydrates, participating in the multi-enzyme process on many levels. ALA stimulates insulin activity and enhances glucose burning in overweight laboratory animals. Similarly, glucose utilization was supported in humans. This has implications for athletes and the overweight since muscle activity requires efficient sugar metabolism.

Longevity and Mitochondrial Biogenesis
ALA is currently being studied for many age-related conditions, including heart and vascular health, sugar balance, neurological function, immune function, as well as fatigue and muscle strength. ALA finds particular utility in the eyes and brain, with neuroprotective and possibly cognitive-enhancing effects, especially in combination with acetyl-L-carnitine.

The true protective promise of ALA may stem from its effects on cellular health throughout the body, especially with regards to mitochondria. The acetyl-L-carnitine + alpha-lipoic acid combination can positively impact aging cells by restoring mitochondrial function and decreasing oxidative biomarkers of mitochondrial inefficiency. In addition, they may not only make mitochondria more efficient, but may also support the generation of new mitochondria (i.e. mitochondrial biogenesis). This makes Jarrow Formulas’ Acetyl L-Carnitine a worthwhile companion to ALA.

The Importance of Biotin
Since biotin and ALA are transported by the same mechanism, elevated dietary ALA can interfere with biotin absorption and co- enzyme functions. And much like the ALA and acetyl-L-carnitine combination, biotin seems to support mitochondrial efficiency and even mitochondrial biogenesis. To protect against biotin deficiency, Jarrow Formulas’ Alpha Lipoic Acid contains over 100% of the recommended daily allowance for biotin.

Jarrow Formulas Alpha Lipoic Acid is a unique lipid and water soluble antioxidant that is a cofactor in energy production, helping to regulate glucose metabolism. ALA also promotes the synthesis of glutathione. Biotin is an essential cofactor that is important for energy production and lipid metabolism. Biotin is added for optimum ALA activity.

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Why can resistant starch improve your blood sugar balance?

Among the most popular good intentions we have before the new year starts is to improve health and lose weight.
Sadly, for many of us, those good intentions fall by the wayside within as little as 1 or 2 weeks. The main reason for failing on any given diet is that it tends to be a too drastic change in how we tend to eat.
Which for most of us, tends to be a moderate to high-carb diet, which for most Dutch people tends to revolve around bread and potatoes. That will make it very hard if you want to make a switch to a low-carb diet as is the norm these days.

However, I've got good news for you! You may not need to give up on all of your carbs. Instead, you can try to switch from carbs that have a negative impact on your blood sugar balance, towards slow-acting carbs also known as ... resistant starch.
Even when you are quite happy about eating a (very) low-carb diet, there are still ways to increase the amount of resistant starch in your diet, without drastically increasing the amount of calories and 'net carbs'.

Therefore the article below will tell you everything about resistant starch you need to know.

Set point and holiday weight gain

At the time of writing this article the first week of advent has almost finished. In this week most people will have started decorating their homes for the holiday season that is upon us.
Though for most this period may not be as festive as it normally is, since it is not allowed to organize large gatherings because of COVID-19, we can still try to make the most of it and indulge in the small pleasures of life. 
 
Quite a lot of people that are trying to become fit and trim worry about the holiday season and what damage it will do to their progress: how can they avoid weight gain during those days? 
We can reassure the worryworts: you will be fine to indulge on those special days. With emphasis on 'special' days as nothing spectacular will happen when you eat normal on the other days. The bigger problem is when you spread out those days over an extended period of say two to three weeks. 
 
But even with a longer period of dietary negligence, most people notice it is surprisingly easy to get rid of the extra holiday weight, due to a wonderful (and scary) phenomenon called 'set point'. 
 

Why celebrating life with food is important for our health

Especially in the darkest months of the year, there seems to be an endless amount of celebrations.
No matter what is always a common theme: food is the main attraction! In fact, the focus society currently places on food has caused us to associate certain foods with holidays, past events and special times. When we sink our teeth into such foods, it can bring back memories we hold close and take us back to a time we enjoyed. Food is much more powerful than we think!

From catching up for coffee, relaxing over brunch, indulging in a long lunch or bonding at a BBQ, it’s hard to imagine getting together without the company of food. Food is something we all have in common, we all must eat, most of us find food pleasurable and trying new foods or cafes is a new experience we can share with others. 

Balancing your blood sugar level

While it is fairly easy to spot hypoglycemia from shaky hands, acute headaches and listlessness, it is not so easy for hyperglycemia, unless your blood sugar reaches a dangerously high level. Then you may experience the same symptoms such as listlessness but also excessive thirst and blurry eye vision.

recommended use
take 1-6 tablets a day, preferably with a meal and a glass of water or an acidic fruit juice , or as advised by a qualified physician

contains per daily serving (1 tablet)
Alfa Lipoic Acid 100 mg†
Biotin 333 mcg (111 % RDI)

RDI = Recommended Daily Intake
† = RDI not established

ingredients
active ingredient (alpha lipoic acid, biotin), fillers (calcium phosphate, cellulose, vegetable stearic acid), natural vanilla flavor, filler (vegetable magnesium stearate), anticoagulant (silicon dioxide), coating (food grade coating)

storage
store in a cool, dry place
keep out of reach of young children

contra-indications
If you have a medical condition (especially diabetes or being treated for glucose control) or are taking medications (especially for glucose control), consult your healthcare professional before using this product.

allergy information
contains no familiar allergens (wheat, gluten, soy, lupin, nuts/tree nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, dairy, egg, fish/shellfish or mollusks)

vegetarians/vegans
suitable for vegetarians and vegans

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