Alpha Lipoic Acid
Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is used to enhance effects of primary antidiabetic therapy (adjuvant therapy) in patients with diabetes as it lowers blood glucose by binding to insulin (a hormone that controls blood sugar level in the body) receptor in the body which leads to increase glucose utilization. Also, due to its antioxidant activity, ALA is used to treat nerve damage due to uncontrolled blood sugar level that causes pain, tingling, or numbness over hands and feet (diabetic neuropathy). ALA is used as an antioxidant as an adjuvant treatment of HIV, cancer, liver ailments, and various other conditions.
How it works
Alpha lipoic acid acts as a potent antioxidant (substance that protects against cell damage) by neutralizing the free radicals (waste products formed in the body during energy production) such as reactive oxygen and nitrogen species. Further, it initiates natural antioxidant processes in the body. It also maintains the levels of Vitamin E and Vitamin C in the body.
Common side effects
Nausea, Abdominal pain, Allergic reaction, Diarrhoea, Vertigo, Vomiting
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- Food decreases the amount of alpha lipoic acid in the body; hence it should be taken on empty stomach about 1 hour before or 2 hours after consuming food.
- Do not take alpha lipoic acid supplements on your own and as a sole treatment for diabetes, complications of diabetes and other conditions in which benefit may be claimed, as these diseases require proper medical treatment.
Frequently asked questions
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Q. Is alpha lipoic acid a vitamin?
No, alpha lipoic acid is not a vitamin.
Q. Is alpha lipoic acid an amino acid?
No, alpha lipoic acid is not an amino acid.
Q. Is alpha lipoic acid natural?
Yes, alpha lipoic acid is natural as it is synthesized in the human body, and in a wide variety of foods from plant and animal sources
Q. Is alpha lipoic acid same as lipoic acid?
Yes, lipoic acid and alpha lipoic acid refer to the same molecule.
Q. Is alpha lipoic acid good for weight loss?
It is not yet studied or established in human beings whether ALA supplementation is beneficial for weigh loss.
Q. Is alpha lipoic acid good for liver?
It is not yet studied or established in human beings whether ALA supplementation is good for liver.