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Alpha-lipoic acid

Alpha-lipoic acid

11.03.2016

Is a vitamin-like chemical called an antioxidant. It can be found in : yeast, liver, kidney, spinach, broccoli, and potatoes. It is also be made in the laboratory for use as medicine.

Alpha-lipoic acid is used by diabetic patients to releve symptoms of diabetes including burning, pain, and numbness in the legs and arms.

Alpha-lipoic acid can be used for memory loss, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS),HIV/AIDS, cancer, liver disease, diseases of the heart and blood vessels (including a disorder called cardiac autonomic neuropathy) and Lyme disease.

It can also be used to treat eye-related disorders, such as damage to the retina,cataracts, glaucoma, and Wilson’s disease.

 

How does it work?

Alpha-lipoic acid helps prevent cell damage in the body due to oxidative stress, and also restores vitamin levels such as vitamin E and C. There is also evidence that alpha-lipoic acid can improve the function and conduction of neurons in diabetes.

Alpha-lipoic acid is used in the body to break down carbohydrates and thus making energy for the other organs .

Alpha-lipoic acid is  an antioxidant, which means that it might provide protection to the brain under conditions of damage or injury. The antioxidant effects might also be helpful in certain liver diseases.

 

Uses in:

Diabetes

Taking alpha-lipoic acid by mouth seems to improve blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.

Prediabetes

Research shows that receiving 600 mg of alpha-lipoic acid once daily for 2 weeks decreases blood sugar after eating.

Diabetic nerve pain

Taking alpha-lipoic acid by mouth improves symptoms such as burning, pain, and numbness in the legs and arms of people with diabetes. It may take 3 to 5 weeks of treatment for symptoms to improve.

Weight loss

Research suggests that taking 1800 mg of alpha-lipoic acid daily for 20 weeks reduces body weight in people who are overweight.

Wound healing

Some research suggests that taking 300 mg of a specific alpha-lipoic product once before and once after oxygen therapy for 14-30 days reduces the wound area in people with ulcers.