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The Antioxidant that Crushes Cholesterol

by in Health Tips June 8, 2022

Do you have high cholesterol? We knew this supplement was good, but who knew it was so good for cholesterol?
Alpha-lipoic acid is an extraordinary antioxidant because it has a super power. Vitamin C is water soluble and can quench water soluble free radicals; vitamin E is fat soluble and can quench fat soluble free radicals. Alpha-lipoic acid can quench both: it can quench both water and fat soluble free radicals and can work inside and outside the cell.
Alpha-lipoic acid has another super power: it is remarkable for treating diabetic neuropathy.
Now, a new systematic review and meta-analysis has confirmed another valuable reason to take alpha-lipoic acid. It turns out, it is great for cholesterol.
The review included placebo-controlled studies up to the end of 2020. There were 12 studies with a total of 548 people.
The results show that alpha-lipoic acid significantly reduces the heart harmful LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol while non-significantly increasing the heart friendly HDL cholesterol. It also significantly reduced triglycerides.
All of those results are good news for alpha-lipoic acid and really good news for people trying to control their cholesterol.
Int J Vitam Nutr Res. 2021 Oct 4.doi:10.1024/0300-9831/a000732.