How to cope with inventory shortages

The numerous inventory shortages caused by the pandemic have become a frustrating reality for both merchants and consumers. Unfortunately, it looks like they will be a part of our daily lives for a while. Here are some tips that we hope will help you get through the turmoil:

  1. Order early. Don't wait to finish a product if you want to keep taking it.
  2. Order two or three units of a product if you plan to take it for a long time. It may not be available the next time you need it.
  3. Ask your health care professional to suggest one or two alternatives for each product he/she recommends you take.
  4. Because of their higher quality standards, some brands have more difficulty sourcing their raw materials than others. Here are a few brands that currently have a very low backorder rate (less than 5%) or return times: Ortho Molecular Products, New Roots Herbal, Metagenics, AOR, Alterra, HerbalGem, Pranarom, Viazen. Reduce the risk of disappointment by choosing these brands.
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Alpha Lipoic Acid 250 mg
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Product Details

Elevated blood glucose has been implicated as a leading indicator of metabolic syndrome, increasing the risk for a number of degenerative diseases, including type 2 diabetes. According to a survey of 685 herbalists, alpha lipoic acid was one of the 10 most frequently recommended dietary supplements due to its efficacy in reducing high blood sugar levels.

Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is naturally produced in the body and may protect against cell damage in a variety of conditions. Some food such as spinach, broccoli, and yeast are rich in alpha lipoic acid. ALA exists as two different enantiomers; the biologically active (R)-isomer and the (S)-isomer, found primarily in synthesized ALA supplements. NOW® ALA is a mixture of these two isomers. Alpha lipoic acid has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and glucose disposal in patients with type 2 diabetes. Patients who took alpha lipoic acid 600 to 1800 mg daily had significant improvement in insulin resistance and glucose effectiveness after four weeks of treatment. Alpha lipoic acid is both water and fat soluble and can regenerate endogenous antioxidants, such as vitamin E, vitamin C, and glutathione to prevent oxidative damage. Product is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.


Adult Dosage: Take 1 capsule, 2-3 times daily with meals.

Risk Information

Consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use if you are diabetic, alcoholic or taking any other medications. Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.


Each capsule contains: Alpha Lipoic Acid - 250 mg

Non-Medicinal Ingredients: Rice Flour, Veg capsule (hypromellose, water), Silica, Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source).


Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or if you have diabetes. If you experience sweating, paleness, chills, headache, dizziness and/or confusion, discontinue use and consult a healthcare practitioner (as these may be symptoms of serious low blood sugar). Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.


    Other ingredients
  • Hypromellose
  • Magnesium Stearate
  • Rice flour
  • Silica
  • Water

  • Medical ingredients
  • 1,2-dithiolane-3-pentanoic acid : 250 mg