I just read about a recent study on lipoic acid. Here is the most important bit:
Researchers fed laboratory animals higher levels of lipoic acid than might be
attained in a normal diet, while monitoring proteins known to be affected by
disruption of the circadian clock in older animals.
They found that lipoic acid helped remediate some of the liver dysfunction
that’s often common in old age, and significantly improved the function of
their circadian rhythms.
In previous research, scientists found that the amount of lipoic acid that
could aid liver and normal lipid function was the equivalent of about 600
milligrams daily for a 150-pound human, more than could normally be obtained
through the diet.
Lipoic acid is not listed as an essential nutrient, but a regular diet will always contain some. This isn’t that magical secret ingredient to “natural food” that people wary of a Soylent diet are afraid of missing—we won’t suffer much without it—but for optimal health it seems like something we’re missing out on. As far as I can tell, those of us consuming mostly Soylent (or an equivalent) are getting little or none in our diet if we’re not explicitly adding it in. This article recommends supplementing to get more than the average amount.
I’ve never looked for this before, so I don’t know if a health food or supplement store is likely to carry it, but I’m going to try to find it locally.
Is anyone else already including this in their diet?