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Alpha Lipoic Acid General Information
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is a sulfur-containing substance manufactured by your body and is beneficial because of its involvement in carbohydrate metabolism. Since Alpha Lipoic Acid deactivates both fat and water soluble free radicals ( in the body free radicals are high-energy particles that ricochet wildly and damage cells), it protects lipoproteins and membranes, which is something no other antioxidant can do.

ALA is one of the very few substances that can actually cross the blood/brain barrier to enter the brain and go directly where it is needed most. ALA supplementation causes increased levels of glutathione, this helps the body get rid of toxins. Why is this so important? Glutathione protects the brain from free radical damage, and low levels of glutathione in the brain is associated with brain disorders, for example: stroke, dementia, Parkinsons's and Alzheimer's disease.

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Alpha Lipoic Acid Uses & Scientific Evidence For
Scientists first discovered the importance of ALA in the 1950's, recognized it as an antioxidant in 1988. It has been the subject of an enormous amount of basic research around the world, some being done at the University of California, Berkely by Dr. Lester Packer, a leading expert on antioxidants. Other researchers of the same University have found that cells bathed in ALA inhibit the growth of a protein linked with the growth of cancerous tumors. They believe that this has a significant implication in cancer prevention. It has been used succesfully to treat alcohol-induced liver and pancreas damage. Alpha Lipoic Acid supplements can prevent or treat many age-related diseases, from heart disease and stroke, to diabetes and cataracts. In Germany, ALA is prescribed as a treatment for the adult onset of diabetes. ALA has also been researched for use in the treatment of HIV. Scientific studies have suggested that Lipoic Acid can inhibit the replication of HIV by reducing the activity of reverse transcriptase; the enzyme that manufactures the virus from the DNA of lymphocytes. Test results have caused excitement regarding Alzheimer's and ALA. Results of a small test have shown ALA treatment led to a stabilization of cognitive functions in the Alzheimer's study group.

A joint study between the Mayo Clinic and a medical center in Russia found that ALA significantly and rapidly reduces the frequency and the severity of symptoms of the most common kind of diabetic neuropathy. Symptoms decreased include burning and sharply cutting pain, prickling sensations and numbness. The findings for this entire study can be found in the March 2003 issue of Diabetes Care, http://care.diabetesjournals.org

Here are some of the ailments that Alpha Lipoic Acid Supplements can help with:
  • Helps the body clean up the excess free radicals
  • Boosts glutathione levels in T cells, helping the body fight infections
  • With the glutathione levels being boosted, this slows HIV replication
  • ALA Prevents NK-kappa B (a specific protien in DNA) from activating HIV
  • Soothes Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Decreases Burning and Cutting Pain
  • Prevents or treats, Heart disease, stroke, cataracts
  • Helps blood sugar control
  • Taken orally can help people with Glaucoma
  • ALA is also crucial for energy production


As we can see, Alpha Lipoic Acid can help/assist in many different ways. Please read the package details and be responsible in how you take the supplement. Contact your Health Care Provider if you need more information.

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Alpha Lipoic Acid Dosage Information
For a standard dietary dose, read product label directions. Alpha Lipoic Acid is safe in the doses ranging from 50-500 mg. For treating specific health conditions, it is important to consult with your physician before taking Alpha Lipoic Acid.

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Alpha Lipoic Acid Safety & Interaction Information
It is important to consult with your physician before taking Alpha Lipoic Acid if you are currently using any of the following medications: Amikacin, Gentamicin, Cisplatin, Cyclophosphamide, and thyroid-regulating medications like Levothyroxine. There are no main side effects of ALA, but there has been the very rare cases of skin rash and the hypoglycemia in diabetic patients. People who may be deficient in Vitamin B1 (such as alcoholics) should take Vitamin B1 along with their ALA supplements.

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