Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is an organic compound found in all human cells. It’s made inside the mitochondrion where it helps enzymes turn nutrients into energy.
It has powerful antioxidant properties and is both water- and fat-soluble, which allows it to work in every cell or tissue in the body.
The antioxidant properties of alpha-lipoic acid have been linked to several benefits, including lower blood sugar levels, reduced inflammation, slowed skin aging, and improved nerve function.
Humans only produce alpha-lipoic acid in small amounts. That’s why many turn to certain foods or supplements to optimise their intake.
It inhibits cross-linking of protein (collagen) which causes wrinkling of the skin (Advanced Glycation End Products/ AGE). In addition to the ALA is able to neutralise toxic metals in the body and regulate production of nitric oxide, which improves vital blood flow to the skin. This results in a reduction of facial swelling and puffiness, and helps the appearance of dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles.