Do you suffer from type-2 diabetes?
Better yet, do you know someone that suffers from type-2 diabetes? Chances are you at least know a person who has diabetes. Here is what current statistics say about diabetes:
- More than 29.1 million people in the U.S. suffer from diabetes
- Of that 29.1 million, 8.1 million are undiagnosed and unaware of their diabetic condition
- 1 out of 10 people suffer from type-2 diabetes (ages 20-64 years old)
- 1 out of 4 senior citizens suffer from type-2 diabetes (age 65+)
- In 2012, over 1.7 million new cases of diabetes was reported
By looking at these statistical numbers, one question should come to mind: how diabetes is prevented? Sure, you know eating well and exercising regularly will ward off diabetes (as well as other chronic diseases). But what if there was something that would prevent the onset of diabetes and as well as providing other health benefits. That something is alpha-lipoic acid. Alpha-lipoic acid is a powerful antioxidant that improves brain and nerve function.
Here is a list of foods that contain alpha-lipoic acid:
- sweet potatoes
- brussels sprouts
- Red meat
- rice bran
In order to prevent onset of type-2 diabetes and other chronic diseases, alpha-lipoic acid provides these 3 other health benefits:
Protection against oxidative stress
One underlying reason why people develop type-2 diabetes is oxidative stress. Oxidative stress causes a host of health issues, including production of free radicals. Free radicals roam the body and attacks healthy tissues. If not treated, this can cause aging, cancer, diabetes and other degenerative diseases. Studies show that alpha-lipoic protects against oxidative stress; in which halts production of free radicals.
Prevents metabolic syndrome
People who have metabolic syndrome are highly at risk to develop type-2 diabetes, heart disease and other chronic diseases. One of the main issues with metabolic syndrome is high blood pressure and insulin resistance. Supplementing with alpha-lipoic acid it optimizes blood sugar levels and supports insulin sensitivity. A study revealed that alpha-lipoic acid is a potential as a healing agent for people with metabolic syndrome.
Provides brain protection
Since it provides protection against oxidative stress, alpha-lipoic acid protects brain function as well. The antioxidant is able to access all nerve cells within the brain. Experimental studies shows that it can reduce brain damage after a stroke and lab rats who received lipoic acid had a survival rate 3 times better than their counterparts.
These health benefits illustrate the effectiveness of alpha-lipoic acid. Aim to 600 mg per day of alpha-lipoic acid per day; especially if you are type-2 diabetic.