Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is one of the 4 main ingredients of PAGG Stack. Aside from being an antioxidant, ALA is a coenzyme that aid in the degradation of sugar in the body. It helps in the proper regulation of insulin levels and prevents the storage of sugar as fats. It also boosts a person’s energy level; hence, it has been used as part of many weight loss and body building supplements.
A lot of food supplement manufacturers started to include ALA as part of their product. But since ALA is hard to obtain and often non-viable, it has been chemically produced in laboratories and has been degraded into two forms: R-ALA and S-ALA. However, studies have shown that despite the fact that these two forms of ALA contain the same atoms and almost the same chemical structure, R-ALA has been found to be more potent compared to S-ALA when it comes to producing the many benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid in the body. Further studies even showed that R-ALA is the natural type of ALA since it can be found on foods such as potatoes, broccoli, and yams.
S-ALA is considered the synthetic and non-functional form of ALA since it is only produced inside laboratories. It has also been found that it interacts and decreases the ability of R-ALA to act as an antioxidant and blood glucose regulator. According to NewHealth Solutions, R-ALA is considered more potent and PAGG Stack supplements with 100% R-ALA as their ingredients are considered more effective compared to those that contain 50% each of organic and synthesized ALA.