Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)

July 7th, 2007 by Paul Johnson

ALA is a great supplement for bodybuilders, but there is more than meets the eye or else you will be wasting your money buying it.

About Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA):

Alpha Lipoic Acid was discovered in 1950. It is a unique anti-oxidant in the fact that it can be solulable in both water and fat. It can be found in small amounts naturally in protein rich sources such as meat.

Alpha Lipoic acid & Bodybuilding:

Alpha Lipoic acid has been shown to mimic insulin. As a result the glucose will be better shuttled to your muscle cells. The increased glucose uptake should result in better pumps, less fat storage, increased amino acid and creatine uptake, long term muscle growth, and increased insulin sensitivity.

Due to it's nutrient partitioning effect, it can be effective during a bulking or cutting phase. During bulking you should expect less fat gain and more muscle gain. Likewise, during cutting you should expect more fat loss while maintaining more of your muscle.

S-AlA vs. R-AlA:

This article is about the benefits of the isomer R-ALA. When looking for ALA supplements, make sure they are in R-AlA form. S-ALA is less effective and may even counteract the positive benefits seen in R-ALA.

Other benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid:

AlA may have promising research in Aids and Nervous tissue regeneration and protection. ALA has helped patients with liver disease after liver posioning. AlA has been shown in animal studies to help prevent cataracts, glucoma symptoms in humans, and degeneration of the eye.

ALA recommendations:

3000 mg broken up during the day is the most optimal results based on bodybuilder's feedback. Due to ALA being very unstable, it is best to not have it in powder form or already mixed with creatine.

  1. Ragnarok on April 5th, 2008

    A side effect I and others have noticed that I have trained with, is strange and really realistic dreams when taking ala.