FHN Complementary Medicine Monthly Newsletter May 2006
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is an antioxidant, and is widely used in prevention of various diseases. Its main function is to increase production of glutathione, which helps dissolve toxic substances in the liver. Alpha lipoic acid can be found in small amounts in foods such as meats and veggies (ie. spinach). Alpha lipoic acid is also easily absorbed into the blood stream, and it can also cross the blood brain barrier.
Alpha Lipoic Acid has many benefits, and all types of people will benefit from taking ALA.
- Diabetes or higher than normal blood sugar levels
- Have high cholesterol levels
- Are affected by cataracts (in early stages)
- Cardiovascular problems such as hardening of arteries
There is a long list of benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid, some have even gone so far as to call it the "ideal antioxidant".
One of the main benefits of
Dosages have ranged from 100-3000 mg per day with 600-800 mg being the dosage most people found to be helpful in reducing the pain.
Alpha lipoic acid has few if any side effects. Doses between 50mg to 100mg, and higher, can cause nausea and upset stomachs. Excessive doses can even lead to low blood sugar. On the plus side, taking alpha lipoic acid can sometimes lead to a mild and relaxing feeling, and to a feeling of well-being.
Neuropathic pain can be extremely devastating;
Drs. Glenn and Julie Smith