Alpha Lipoic Acid and Diabetes

Here is an excerpt from Dr. Hyla Cass’s recommendations for use of alpha lipoic acid for diabetes (as found in her excellent guide, Supplement Your Prescription: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Nutrition, pp 54-55):

“Diabetics require strong antioxidant protection, and alpha-lipoic acid fits this bill. This ‘super antioxidant’ has been found to have healing effects on neuropathy in diabetics, as well as to control insulin resistance. […] ALA has been found to help insulin work better, and to promote production of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant made in the liver. Its use even in medication-dependent diabetics has been shown to reduce complications.

Caution: Diabetics should inform their doctor if taking alpha lipoic acid, because it can reduce blood sugar levels and can consequently lower need for insulin or other diabetes medications.

Suggested dosage: 200-600mg/day

See also the NYBC entry on Alpha Lipoic Acid.

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