Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is a part of coenzymes that are involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. ALA is called the œuniversal antioxidant as it is soluble in both water and fat, therefore is able to work in various parts of the body. As an antioxidant, it is able to scavenge a variety of free radicals including the highly reactive hydroxyl radical and singlet oxygen. ALA also has the ability to extend the activity of vitamin C and vitamin E as well as regenerate the powerful antioxidants C Q10 and glutathione. Studies show ALA is a powerful antioxidant that can help protect healthy cell function. Scientific studies show alpha lipoic acid helps support glucose metabolism, as well as normal, healthy liver function.