Alpha-lipoic acid is a vitamin-like chemical called an antioxidant. Yeast, liver, kidney, spinach, broccoli, and potatoes are good sources of alpha-lipoic acid. It is also made in the laboratory for use as medicine.#
Alpha-lipoic acid may be effective for diabetes and nerve-related symptoms of diabetes including burning, pain, and numbness in the legs and arms. It may take 3 to 5 weeks of treatment for symptoms to improve.#
Some people use alpha-lipoic acid 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. Alpha-lipoic acid is also used to treat eye-related disorders, such as damage to the retina, cataracts, glaucoma, and an eye condition called Wilson’s disease. Research continues and more evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of alpha-lipoic acid for these uses.*
How Does it Work?
Alpha-lipoic acid seems to help prevent certain kinds of cell damage in the body, and also restores vitamin levels such as vitamin E and vitamin 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 to make energy for the other organs in the body. Alpha-lipoic acid seems to work as an antioxidant, which means that it might provide protection to the brain under conditions of damage or injury.*
Alpha-lipoic acid is possibly safe for most adults when taken by mouth or applied to the skin. People taking alpha-lipoic acid by mouth might get a rash. People at risk for thiamine deficiency should take a thiamine supplement. People with diabetes should be careful to check their blood sugar levels because alpha-lipoic acid might lower blood sugar. Your diabetes medications might need to be adjusted by your healthcare provider.*
Alcohol can lower the amount of thiamine (vitamin B1) in the body. Taking alpha-lipoic acid when there is a shortage of thiamine might cause serious health problems. If you drink a lot of alcohol and take alpha-lipoic acid, too, you should take a thiamine supplement. Taking alpha-lipoic acid might interfere with treatments for under-active or over-active thyroid. Medications for cancer and diabetes interact with Alpha-Lipoic Acid.*
If you are pregnant, thinking about becoming pregnant, breastfeeding, taking any medication or have a medical condition, please consult your doctor before taking any dietary supplement. Keep out of reach of children. Store product in a cool, dry place. Do not use product if outer bottle seal is missing, torn or damaged in any way.*
KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
Not suitable for vegetarians.
Disclaimer: *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases.