From ALA to Z: Heart Healthy Nutraceuticals

September 27, 2017

You hear a lot about antioxidants when people talk about having and maintaining good health, but do you know what antioxidants actually are and what they do?  

Turns out that there’s good reason why they receive so much attention. Antioxidants help prevent other molecules in the body from getting oxidized – that is, from gaining an extra electron that makes them highly reactive with other substances in the body. Chemicals with that extra electron – they’re called ‘free radicals’ – aren’t necessarily bad, but they can contribute towards health problems.

Because of the potential damage these free radicals can do, some healthcare professionals suggest that supplementation with antioxidants could be of benefit to certain patients (see, for example, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11603657). The body naturally produces antioxidants, so not everyone will want to consider a supplement, but for those who do, there are a lot of products out there to choose from.

So how do you decide which ones you might want to consider?

Let’s start from point A: Alpha-lipoic acid.

This antioxidant is highly involved in energy metabolism, or the process of generating energy from nutrients. Some studies have suggested that it may help your cardiometabolic health by increasing your blood flow, reducing blood pressure and supporting normal A1C levels (for example, see here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25949771). It may even reduce nerve pain associated with diabetes (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28399096).

ALA can be found mostly in red meats, but it is also present in vegetables like broccoli and spinach, making it an easy addition to your daily meals. If you prefer, you can also take supplements like our Cadirx ALA Complex.

Just remember, like with all supplements, these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and our product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.