The Benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid for Your Skin December 10 2015
Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is an antioxidant found in every cell in the body as well as in some foods. ALA can be found naturally in spinach, broccoli, peas, tomato, Brussel sprouts, egg yolks and beef.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information has conducted clinical studies proving that it this powerful antioxidant can eliminate the skins imperfections such as wrinkles, lines and enlarged pores. The study indicated that with continued use of alpha lipoic acid, the overall quality of the skin was greatly improved and those imperfections were reduced significantly.
When ALA is applied topically, it can greatly decrease under eye circles, swelling, inflammation, and puffiness. Its anti-inflammatory effects will also reduce redness and blotchiness, resulting in a more even skin tone - a great bit of news for those with rosacea or other skin issues that create redness and inflammation.
Alpha Lipoic Acid can help shrink pore size and improve skin tone and create a more radiant look. It regulates production of nitric oxide, which controls blood flow to the skin, allowing the skin to receive more oxygen and thus transforming the complexion from dull, pasty and pale to vibrant and brightened.
Alpha Lipoic Acid is sometimes referred to as the “universal antioxidant" because it regenerates or recycles 400 times better than other antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, coenzyme Q10 and glutathione when they lose their ability to act as antioxidants. It also has the power to protect both cell membranes and the inside of cells against oxidative damage. Vitamin E is only effective at protecting cell membranes and other lipid-soluble structures from oxidative damage, and vitamin C only works well in a non-lipid environment. Alpha lipoic acid works well in both of these areas.
With its significant antioxidant properties, it’s not surprisingly that alpha lipoic acid has been the focus of research. Studies have looked at its ability to ward off certain diseases and slow down the aging process. Used as a supplement, research suggests it is beneficial for preventing or treating diabetic nerve damage, glaucoma, heart disease, stroke and some types of degenerative brain diseases.
Look for products that include alpha lipoic acid to greatly improve the condition and appearance of your skin, and consider taking a supplement (I buy all of mine from Swansonvitamins.com) to create lasting improvements internally.
Keep in mind that while there are forums and websites that claim to have expert information, most contributors to the forums do not base their opinions on facts and have not conducted actual studies. Your safest bet is to go with the medical studies that offer factual information. While one ingredient may work well for one individual, it may not work well for another. It's best to know your facts and then give it a try. Below please find medical study references that support the information contained in this post.
By Jeanette Quillen, Owner & Formulator at Claribelskincare.com