Thursday, March 24, 2011
All Star Supplements: Alpha Lipoic Acid
Most people use food as a comfort once in a while. When this becomes habit or when people get a rush from a particular food or they use it as emotional padding, that's when it becomes a problem...even an addiction. It's not just lack of willpower or emotional anxiousness, it's a physical addiction.
I am a firm believer that the body is wise and at times it will crave what it needs. But this healthy craving can be satisfied by a small amount of the food. If the craving is non-stop and causes bingeing and your hands scooping at the bottom of a cookie box, then yes, there is a problem.
So what's the cure? What's the magical fix? Well, there's no magical fix, but there are supplements that can help to end the vicious cycle of sugar cravings.
Changes in diet will help of course, but when your body is still on that sugar pendulum, it can be a tooth and nail battle to control cravings, even if your intentions are the best, your will power is pretty good, and you've educated yourself on the topic. One supplement I find is extremely effective in stopping the cycle is Alpha Lipoic Acid.
In addition to balancing sugar, alpha lipoic acid has a myriad of other beneficial properties. "Alpha Lipoic Acid, the universal antioxidant, recycles other antioxidants in the body and scavenges more types of free radicals than any other known antioxidant. It is also anti-aging and anti-inflammatory for the skin" (James 162). Because of its potency, it has also proven to help prevent sunburn. I can personally vouch for that one.
ALA is a supplement that is worth taking some time to research if you have blood sugar issues and you're looking for an alternative remedy.
James, Kat. The Truth About Beauty. New York, NY: Beyond Words, 2007.