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    Also indexed as:ALA, Lipoic Acid, Thioctic Acid (Alpha Lipoic Acid)
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    Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is a vitamin-like antioxidant, sometimes referred to as the “universal antioxidant” because it is soluble in both fat and water.1 ALA is manufactured in the body and is found in some foods, particularly liver and yeast.

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    Our proprietary “Star-Rating” system was developed to help you easily understand the amount of scientific support behind each supplement in relation to a specific health condition. While there is no way to predict whether a vitamin, mineral, or herb will successfully treat or prevent associated health conditions, our unique ratings tell you how well these supplements are understood by the medical community, and whether studies have found them to be effective for other people.

    For over a decade, our team has combed through thousands of research articles published in reputable journals. To help you make educated decisions, and to better understand controversial or confusing supplements, our medical experts have digested the science into these three easy-to-follow ratings. We hope this provides you with a helpful resource to make informed decisions towards your health and well-being.

    This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

    Used for AmountWhy
    Neuropathy
    600 to 1,200 mg a day 3 stars[3 stars]
    Taking alpha lipoic acid may improve insulin sensitivity and help protect against diabetic complications such as nerve damage.
    Type 1 Diabetes
    600 to 1,200 mg a day3 stars[3 stars]
    Supplementing with alpha lipoic acid may protect against diabetic complications, such as nerve and kidney damage.
    Type 2 Diabetes
    600 to 1,200 mg a day3 stars[3 stars]
    Taking alpha lipoic acid may improve insulin sensitivity and help protect against diabetic complications such as nerve damage.
    Migraine Headache
    600 mg per day 2 stars[2 stars]
    In a small double-blind trial, supplementing with alpha-lipoic acid significantly reduced the frequency of migraine attacks.
    Obesity
    Refer to label instructions 2 stars[2 stars]
    In one trial, obese people who supplemented with alpha-lipoic acid lost a statistically significant amount of weight, compared with a placebo.
    Vitiligo
    Refer to label instructions 2 stars[2 stars]
    In one study, supplementing with a combination of antioxidants including alpha-lipoic acid increased the effectiveness of ultraviolet light therapy.
    Glaucoma
    Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
    Alpha lipoic acid may improve visual function in people with some types of glaucoma.
    Hepatitis
    Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
    In one trial, a combination of alpha lipoic acid, silymarin, and selenium led to significant improvements in liver function and overall health in people with hepatitis C.

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    The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2016.

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