Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA) and Weight Loss

There’s a lot of hype around dietary supplements. There’s also a lot of hype around weight loss. I’m not about hype, but I am about results.

If you can use supplements to support a healthier metabolism and make it easier for you to lose weight….I’m all for that. Also, new research out of Oregon State University shows what the dietary supplement alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) does.

Here are some of the ways ALA works:

  • ALA works inside mitochondria to support energy production
  • ALA supports blood sugar metabolism
  • ALA supports antioxidant defenses
  • ALA supports healthy inflammatory pathways

There are plenty of research studies of ALA, but the most recent one found that overweight (but otherwise healthy) people who took ALA for 6 weeks lost more body weight and body fat than people who didn’t take the supplement. 

ALA was especially helpful for women and for the heaviest participants in the study. 

If you’re struggling with weight—or any other metabolic issues—I can help! Book a FREE consultation with me.

Bobe G, Michels AJ, Zhang WJ et al. A Randomized Controlled Trial of Long-Term (R)-α-Lipoic Acid Supplementation Promotes Weight Loss in Overweight or Obese Adults without Altering Baseline Elevated Plasma Triglyceride Concentrations. J Nutr. 2020.