Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA), also known as thioctic acid (TA), has gain substantial popularity over the years as a nutritional supplement.
ALA is a natural occurring compound that exerts antioxidant activity in the body. We can also source it from various vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, yams, potatoes, yeast, tomatoes, brussels sprouts, carrots, beets, and rice bran. Red meats were also found to contain some amounts of ALA. (1)
Experimental studies on ALA have investigated its potential therapeutic effects on diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, blood pressure, other types of cancer. (2)
For this article, we’ll go over alpha-lipoic acid effects on diabetes and the effects on blood sugar.