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Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is a compound that is naturally present in the mitochondria. Remember that the mitochondria are the power plants that make energy at the cellular level. Inside the mitochondria, ALA helps enzymes turn nutrients into energy, by serving as a cofactor for enzymes that participate in the production of ATP. ATP is our cells’ energy currency.
ALA is typically a mixture of R-ALA (natural, biologically active form) and S-ALA (manufactured form), but some products contain only R-ALA. Typical dosages in dietary supplements range from 50 to 600 mg ALA.
Though there is no set dosage, most evidence suggests that 300–600 mg is sufficient and safe. Alternatively, you can follow the instructions on the back of the supplement bottle.
5-6 times per week
People may experience mild symptoms, such as nausea, rashes, or itching