As a dietary supplement, Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) acts as a powerful antioxidant where it works to break down free radicals which are harmful by-products of energy production.
ALA has a unique ability, amongst antioxidants, in that it can remain active in both water and fat lipid environments. This means it can help protect most areas of the body against the damaging effects of free radicals.
ALA is also commonly used by bodybuilders as it can help remove fat stores whilst promoting the generation of lean mass. It is suggested that ALA indirectly helps the body make the most of stored energy from fats, protein and carbohydrates.