Lipoic acid (it is thioctic acid, it is alpha-lipoic acid, it ) is just the current object of universal worship. The substance was discovered in the middle of the last century. At first, lipoic acid was considered a vitamin, and then it was found that it is synthesized in the human body, but with age, its concentration in the blood serum decreases. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, scientists established a clear link between endogenous lipoic acid deficiency and liver disease, and also discovered its antioxidant and hypoglycemic properties. It turned out that the drug can fight the formation of free radicals (which are responsible for the aging process), restore liver cells, increases the concentration of vitamins E and C, and also have a beneficial effect on the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats in the body. In particular, lipoic acid promotes rapid absorption of glucose by cells and prevents fatty degeneration of the liver.
Such useful qualities of thioacetamide did not go unnoticed by doctors of various specialties – first of all, gastroenterologists, endocrinologists, and neurologists. Lipoic acid began to be used to treat liver damage, including alcoholic ones, as well as to combat complications of diabetes mellitus. In injectable form, it is prescribed, in particular, for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy – damage to the nerves of the legs due to chronically high blood sugar.
The facts about improved fat metabolism and antioxidant properties have generated additional interest among bodybuilders and women interested in ways to maintain youthful skin. The former immediately began to use lipoic acid in diets and as a component of complex sports nutrition, and the latter, having read literature like “How to Get Rid of Wrinkles” by Nicholas Perricone, enthusiastically began to rub into their face … the contents of ampoules with thioacetamide for injection.
But it is important to understand two facts – firstly, lipoic acid slows down hypertrophic processes in fat cells (in simple terms – reduces the accumulation of fatty deposits) but does not get rid of the already present folds on the sides. So you can only consider this drug as an addition to diet and exercise in a respectable fight against excess weight, nothing more. Well, and as protection of the liver from any harmful influences (it is worth remembering that the use of alcohol in any quantity during lipoic acid therapy is strictly prohibited!).
As for the rejuvenating effect on the skin of the face, I think everything here is based more on assumptions than on scientific facts. Rumor has it that lipoic acid is part of many expensive creams and other cosmetics, but the manufacturing companies are unlikely to tell us about this. On the other hand, the possible side effects of using this drug in doses higher than recommended have not been investigated. No one knows whether it is possible to prescribe lipoic acid to pregnant women, whether there can be negative consequences of being addicted to this drug in the long term, how things are with various pharmacological combinations … The endogenous nature of lipoic acid suggests that this substance can hardly be – anything toxic. On the other hand, hydrochloric acid is also produced in the human body, but no one advises to apply it on the face as a rejuvenating agent.
In general, I, as always, boringly recommend that you consult your doctor before experimenting with a fancy medicine. But the choice is yours.