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255: Lipoic acid: does it need to be the R form?

Masterjohn Q&A Files Episode 255


Question: Lipoic acid: does it need to be the R form?

Lipoic acid can help with blood sugar and it is an antioxidant. I would always use R-Lipoic acid. I would never use the racemic mixture of alpha-lipoic acid because the R form is the biologically active one. And I think it might be the case that you can just take a higher dose, but why mess around with the possibility that some isomer that doesn't belong in your body and isn't found in food, isn't going to interfere with the function of the R form. So I would just take R- Lipoic acid for any purpose at all.

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084: Ask Me Anything About Nutrition, June 23, 2021

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DISCLAIMER: I have a PhD in Nutritional Sciences and my expertise is in performing and evaluating nutritional research. I am not a medical doctor and nothing herein is medical advice.

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