As is the case with many antioxidants, it is thought that alpha-lipoic acid may help prevent cancer as it works to prevent cell damage in the body while replinishing the body’s levels of vitamin E and Vitamin C. As is the case with many antioxidants, it is thought that alpha-lipoic acid may help prevent cancer as it works to prevent cell damage in the body while replinishing the body’s levels of vitamin E and Vitamin C. However, alpha-lipoic acid is most commonly known as a treatment for type 2 diabetes because it may decrease blood sugar and it can break down carbohydrates to create energy for the organs.
Alpha-lipoic acid can also be used to treat some of the nerve-related symptoms of diabetes such as burning, pain, and numbness in the legs and arms. Currently high doses of alpha-lipoic acid are approved in Germany to treat these symptoms.
Some people use alpha-lipoic acid to treat memory loss, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), HIV/AIDS, cancer, liver disease, heart diseases and Lyme disease. In addition, some research suggests that alpha-lipoic acid can treat eye-related disorders including retina damage, cataracts and glaucoma, but there is insufficient evidence to determine how effective alpha-lipoic acid is in treating these conditions.
Alpha-Lipoic Acid Can Possibly Be Used to Treat:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Diabetic nerve pain
- Eye problems
- Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
- Lyme disease.
- Aging skin
Possible Concerns when taking Alpha-Lipoic Acid
In the treatment of diabetes, alpha-lipoic acid can decrease blood sugar levels and therefore if it is taken in combination with diabetes medications, blood sugar levels could drop too low and medication may need to be adjusted. Another concern when taking alpha-lipoic acid is that, for those who consume excessive amounts of alcohol, it can deplete thiamine (vitamin B1) levels in the body which can lead to serious health concerns. It may also interfere with thyroid medications or chemotherapy. Not much is known about the use of alpha-lipoic acid while pregnant, and therefore you should avoid use if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Alpha-lipoic acid is a very important antioxidant that can facilitate energy production in cells and it can also enhance the effectiveness of other antioxidants.