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Alpha Lipoic Acid

INFORMATION

Uses

Alpha Lipoic Acid is used in nutritional defeciencies.

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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Expert advice

  • 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 source

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.


Content on this page was last updated on 28 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)