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The Benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid

Updated on December 22, 2013

Alpha-lipoic acid which is also named lipoic acid is a natural anti-oxidant that can help diabetics control blood sugar and reduce symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.

It is unique in several ways because unlike different antioxidants, which work only in water, like vitamin C or fatty tissues like vitamin E, alpha-lipoic acid is both water-soluble and fat.

This simply means that it can work throughout your body most effectively. In addition, the antioxidants are depleted as they attack the free radicals that are present in your body.

This automatically suggests that an alpha-lipoic acid supplementmay help to regenerate these other antioxidants and make them active again. A great rejuvenation effect for the body.

Alpha-lipoic acid is normally created by your body and is found within every cell. This is what helps turn glucose into energy that the body needs to function properly.

These antioxidants are substances that work by attacking " waste products that are called free radicals. This is created when your body turns food into energy. I bet you didn’t know that free radicals cause harmful chemical reactions that can damage the cells in your body, which makes it harder for your body to fight infections which may result to damage of the organs and tissues.


Alpha-lipoic acid has been used for years in Europe, and at least one study was found that intravenous doses of alpha-lipoic acid helped reduce symptoms of diabetes in people. There was a 2006 study also showed a benefit from taking alpha-lipoic acid for diabetic neuropathy compared to placebo.

It was also shown to lower blood sugar levels, and its ability to kill free radicals that helps reduce itching, tingling, pain, burning, and numbness. This can be seen in people who have nerve damage caused by diabetes, which is also called peripheral neuropathy.

Stroke and Brain Function

Alpha-lipoic acid can pass easily into the brain, it has protective effects on brain and nerve tissue and is being investigated as a treatment for stroke and other brain disorders involving free radical damage. It was also shown that animals treated with alpha-lipoic acid, for example, suffered a lot less brain damage and had a four times greater survival rate after a severe stroke than animals who did not receive this kind of supplement.

Liver Disease

Alpha-lipoic acid has been used as a treatment for people who have eaten the poisonous mushroom called Amanita, that causes liver damage and alcohol-related liver disease and has been administered by IV along with silymarin.

Dietary Benefits:

A normal and regular functioning body produces enough alpha-lipoic acid. It can be found in organ meats, for example live, red meat, and yeast. (Brewer's yeast).

Adult Supplement Doses

Alpha-lipoic acid can be purchased in doses of 30 - 100 mg tablets. Although there are no established recommended doses.

• The general antioxidant dose is: 20 - 50 mg per day
• Diabetic neuropathy and diabetics usually take about 800 mg per day in divided doses.


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    • jamila sahar profile image

      jamila sahar 5 years ago

      very interesting, i used to take this supplement, but it started getting too expensive but now after reading this hub, i realize how useful it is and will get some more tomorrow !

      i do remember feeling better when i was taking this thanks for sharing this great useful information, voted up interesting useful !

    • Bruce Edward profile image

      Bruce Edward 7 years ago from Encinitas Ca

      Amazing so glad to hear people getting into alpha-lipoic acid supplement.

      My product had that supplement in it as well it's great stuff,