What is Alpha-Lipoic Acid
Alpha-lipoic acid is also known as thioctic acid and is a cofactor in vital energy-producing reactions in the body. Alpha-lipoic acid is a potent biological antioxidant. Research indicates that the antioxidant roles of Alpha-lipoic acid may impart several health benefits. Alpha-lipoic acid is found widely in plant and animal sources. Most of the metabolic reactions of alpha-lipoic acid occur in the mitochondria. Alpha-lipoic acid is approved in Germany as a drug for the treatment of polyneuopathies, including the treatment of diabetic neuropathy, and liver disease. Alpha-Lipoic Acid north phoenix chiropractor and acupuncture.
What Are the Benefits of Alpha-Lipoic Acid
Alpha-lipoic acid has shown to be valuable in the treatment of diabetic neuropathy as well as and treating some other aspects of diabetes such as increased glucose uptake and the promotion of new neurite growth. It may help prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol and may be protective against atherosclerosis. It has been suggested that Alpha-lipoic acid may slow aging of the brain and is considered to be an anti-aging substance. Various studies have suggested that alpha-lipoic acid may prevent or reduce cell and tissue damage in heart attacks and stroke. Because of its neurodegenerative benefit alpha-lipoic acid may help Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Huntington’s disease. Alpha-lipoic acid’s role in immunity is not well understood, but there are reports that it may help antibody response in immunosuppression. In our practice we have found that using alpha-lipoic acid and acupuncture has provided excellent results for patients that have been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy. When used with other nutrients alpha-lipoic acid may be beneficial in treating many neurodegenerative conditions that have not been responsive to medical treatment. Alpha-Lipoic Acid north phoenix chiropractor and acupuncture.
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