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 I can use supplements to support a healthier metabolism and make it easier for you to lose weight…. I’m all for that.
And research out of Oregon State University shows that’s exactly what the supplement alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) does. Here are some of the ways ALA works.
ALA, aka Alpha Lipoic Acid, is a fatty-acid and powerful antioxidant that plays an essential role in energy metabolism. Some studies have indicated that ALA can decrease blood sugar levels and help relieve nerve damage symptoms in people with diabetes.
Your body makes some ALA, but excellent food sources include organ meats such as liver and kidney, spinach, broccoli, and potatoes are good alpha-lipoic acid sources.
👍 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 ALA research studies, 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 participants in the study.
But implementing ALA is only part of the puzzle. Healing from metabolic issues is a chain reaction, and there is no “magic” supplement to take to cure it. It’s a synergistic balance.
In addition to incorporating ALA into your lifestyle for weight loss, here are some of my other favorites for metabolism.
Green Coffee Bean extract:
Simply the coffee before its roasted, Green Coffee Bean has been shown to increase your metabolic rate by up to 11%. It can help with insulin sensitivity due to Chlorogenic acid, which reduces the body’s absorption of carbs.
One of my favorites is chromium simply because of its responsibility for so many healthy body functions. It aids the metabolism because it aids in the breakdown and absorption of carbs, fats, and proteins. It’s a powerful mineral that can have a significant impact on blood sugar and insulin sensitivity.
Of course, I want to mention that it’s not as simple as taking random supplements because some studies say they help increase metabolic rate. It’s essential to test and work with a functional diagnostic practitioner to determine exactly what your body needs.
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