R-Lipoic Acid

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Many studies suggest that R-lipoic acid may help prevent mitochondrial decay, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, atherosclerosis, and other disorders associated with aging. Normally made in the body, R-lipoic acid plays a crucial role in the metabolism of both fats and carbohydrates into energy. Plus, it even regenerates other antioxidants like vitamins C and E for longer-lasting effects.

R-lipoic acid is the natural form of lipoic acid and has been shown to be more effective than alpha lipoic acid.  Here are some applications for R-lipoic acid:

Glucose Metabolism:
Lipoic acid has been used to support healthy blood sugar metabolism.

Antioxidant: It is a powerful and versatile antioxidant.

Neurological Health: Lipoic acid is known for its ability to protect brain and nerve cells from free radicals and toxins. Excessive levels of “transition metals” such as iron, copper, and cadmium are believed to play an important role in many neurological disorders.

Aging: A study in a short-lived strain of mouse demonstrated that R-lipoic acid can dramatically increase its lifespan. The National Institutes on Aging is currently funding studies to see if R+ lipoic acid can truly slow down the aging process.

To find out more about R-lipoic acid, visit Village Green or contact one our our nutrition advisors.

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