ALA, alpha-lipoic acid, TA, thioctic
Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is an
antioxidant. It is quickly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. It dissolves in
both water and fat in the body.
The main use for ALA is to treat
diabetic neuropathy. Neuropathy causes sensory changes. These include stinging, burning,
pain, and numbness in areas of the skin.
Several small studies have also
shown that ALA can help to increase insulin sensitivity. It can lower blood sugar levels
in people with diabetes. More research is needed to confirm this.
ALA is a potent antioxidant. This
function may protect nerve tissue from damage. Conditions such as diabetes may be helped
by antioxidants such as ALA.
There may be benefits that have not
yet been proven through research.
ALA may help to:
Treat diabetic neuropathy
Treat liver disease
ALA is available to treat diabetic
Doses of ALA range from 200 to 800
mg per day. There is no evidence for a specific dose.
Women who are pregnant or
breastfeeding should consult a healthcare provider before taking any supplements.
There are no side effects at
recommended doses. Toxicity risk is very low.
There are no known food or medicine
interactions. But ALA can reduce the amount of insulin or oral diabetes medicine needed.
If you have diabetes and use ALA, watch your blood sugar levels closely.
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