According to the Chronic Disease Prevention Association “Diabetes affects 25.8 million people, that is 8.3% of the U.S. population” and that number continues to rise. Diabetes if uncontrolled can lead to blindness, kidney failure, amputation and heart disease. Supplementation may be helpful if a person is at risk because their energy metabolism is impaired. R-Lipoic Acid has been demonstrated to activate the insulin-signaling pathway and exert insulin-like actions in adipose and muscle cells. Alpha-lipoic acid is found in every cell of the body and is responsible for assisting in the body’s generation of daily energy. This super antioxidant functions in both water and fat tissues to help terminate free radicals and turn our body’s blood sugar into energy. It is a naturally occurring compound which becomes impaired when we experience oxidative stress due to the imbalance between the formation and neutralization of pro-oxidants. When these oxidant reserves are compromised, levels of glucose are elevated resulting in a person experiencing an insulin-resistant state of pre-diabetes.
Supplementation of R-Lipoic Acid is good but can be less effective if food choices are not reviewed. The proper foods that should be consumed are low glycemic index ones such as fresh organic fruits, vegetables, nuts, hormone and antibiotic free meats and brown rice.
I have personally incorporated these food choices and reversed my pre-diabetic state. I take 300mg of PURE R-Lipoic acid daily and not only was my sugar levels balanced but my “brain fog” was lifted. If you are over the age of 30, chances are you are deficient in Lipoic Acid. I talk about my health journey further in my book, “True Confessions of the Heart.” Knowledge is power and the first step is deciding to “Take Control of Your Health!”