(The Best Years in Life) Can you imagine a supplement that protects every organ in the human body and has no significant side effects? This is the kind of claim that gets the FDA after the supplement industry, but in the case of lipoic acid, there's plenty of research showing this claim may be true. What makes lipoic acid so special? Unlike drugs which possess a well defined molecular mechanism of action, lipoic acid is pleiotropic, meaning it is capable of producing multiple effects from its influence on a single gene. Read More.