What is alpha lipoic acid and what does R(+)-lipoic acid mean?

NationalNutrition 6 months 2022-07-28T18:22:34+00:00 0 Answer 0

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  1. alpha lipoic acid is a potent dual solubility antioxidant and mitochondrial coenzyme that aids in the burning of glucose to form energy (as ATP). Other names for alpha lipoic acid are lipoic acid, ALA (not to be confused with alpha linolenic acid which is also known as ALA), alpha-lipoate and thioctic acid.

    When alpha lipoic acid is manufactured, both the S(-) and R(+) isomers are created in equal amounts. Although the S(-) isomer can be used by the body, the R(+) form of alpha lipoic acid is the type found naturally in the body, and is preferentially used in reactions.

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