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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Alpha Lipoic Acid: Improve Insulin Sensitivity & Fight Diabetes! - Dr. Axe


The best way to get any nutrients is ideally through real food sources, since this is how your body knows how to absorb and use various chemicals best. ALA is found in many different plant and animal sources, since it's bound to protein molecules (especially lysine).

The concentration of ALA in different foods can vary widely depending on where they're grown, the quality of the soil, how fresh they are and how they're prepared, so it's hard to quantify how much is in each type of food. There hasn't been much research done to draw conclusions about how much ALA is found in particular foods, although we know vegetables and certain organ meats seem to be highest.

That being said, when you eat a whole food-based diet and vary the types of things you eat, chances are you consume a decent amount in addition to what your body already makes on its own.

Here are some of the best food sources of alpha lipoic acid (9):
    Broccoli
    Spinach
    Red meat
    Organ meat (sch as liver, hearts, kidneys from beef or chicken)
    Brussel sprouts
    Tomatoes
    Peas
    Brewer's yeast
    Beets
    Carrots

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