Super Alpha Lipoic Acid (w/Biotin) - Product, Benefits, Information, Side Effects

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Super Alpha Lipoic Acid (w/Biotin) - Product, Benefits, Information, Side Effects

Super Alpha Lipoic Acid with Biotin
250 mg, 60 capsules

Alpha Lipoic Acid -- The Universal Antioxidant
Alpha lipoic acid is a sulfur-based fatty acid/antioxidant used in Europe to promote health and confer protective benefits against oxidative processes.  Alpha lipoic acid has been called the universal antioxidant because it boosts glutathione levels in cells and has potent antioxidant actions in of itself.

What makes alpha lipoic acid so effective as an antioxidant is that it works on both water and fat-soluble free radicals, which are the cause of damaging oxidative processes.  Alpha lipoic acid also plays a critical role within the cells' mitochondria, side effects free.

Besides boosting glutathione levels in cells, alpha lipoic acid has potent antioxidant action and is a co-factor for some of the key enzymes (alpha keto acid dehydrogenases).

One of the most unique and important qualities of alpha lipoic acid is its ability to quench free radicals in both aqueous and lipid (fat) environments.  It also has metal chelating (removable) ability.

There is very little ALA circulating in your body unless you consume supplements or get injected.

One of the most beneficial side effects of alpha lipoic acid is its ability to regenerate other essential antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, coenzyme Q10, and glutathione.  The evidence is especially strong for the ability of DHLA (dihydrolipoic acida reduced form of alpha lipoic acid) to recycle vitamin E.

This is apparently achieved directly by quenching tocopherol radicals or indirectly by reducing vitamin C or increasing the levels of ubiquinol (a derivative of CoQ10) and glutathione, that, in turn, help to regenerate tissue levels of vitamin E.

In clinical studies to date with alpha lipoic acid, there have been no reported serious adverse side effects, even at the high doses.  Among the mild and reversible side effects found in some patients have been allergic skin reactions and possible hypoglycemia in diabetics.

The Importance of Purity
The Chinese are inundating supplement makers in the United States with very low cost ingredients.  The purity of these ingredients often fails to meet Life Extension's standards.  For instance, Life Extension was offered a low-cost alpha lipoic acid ingredient made in China that assayed out at 95% purity.  The European pharmaceutical standard, however, is 99.99%.  Life Extension restricts its purchases of alpha lipoic acid only to European manufacturers.  While these pharmaceutical-grade suppliers are more expensive, they provide more of the active ingredient and are safer for the consumer to use because they do not contain impurities which can cause negative side effects.

Pharmaceutical-Quality Alpha Lipoic Acid
Life Extension imports expensive pharmaceutical-grade alpha lipoic acid from Europe.  Each capsule of Super Alpha Lipoic Acid contains 250 mg of alpha lipoic acid and 2500 mcg of biotin.

When taking high doses of alpha lipoic acid, it is important to also take biotin.  That is because alpha lipoic acid can compete with biotin and interfere with its activity in the body.  Therefore, additional biotin should be taken when the daily intake of alpha lipoic acid exceeds 100 mg.

Supplement Facts:  Serving Size - 1 capsule.  Servings/Container 60.  

Amount Per Serving

Alpha lipoic acid (pure pharmaceutical-grade)

250 mg


2500 mcg

Other ingredients: rice flour, gelatin, and water.

Dosage and Use:
One capsule in the morning and one capsule in the evening is suggested or as directed by your healthcare professional.

Caution:  People with a vitamin B12 deficiency should avoid alpha lipoic acid as its use may cause a worsening of symptoms.


  • Keep Super Alpha Lipoic Acid with Biotin out of reach of children,
  • Do not exceed recommended dose,
  • If you have negative side effects to Super Alpha Lipoic Acid with Biotin, discontinue use immediately,
  • When using Super Alpha Lipoic Acid with Biotin, please inform your physician.

Alpha Lipoic Acid & Diabetes Relationship

Pricing Information:  Super Alpha-Lipoic-Acid

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