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Alpha-Lipoic Acid

An antioxidant, alpha-lipoic acid is said to help a variety of ailments, including diabetes, cataracts, glaucoma, dementia, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.
 

Also known as: ALA, biletan, acetate replacing factor, thioctic acid.

Potential uses. An antioxidant, alpha-lipoic acid is said to help a variety of ailments, including diabetes, cataracts, glaucoma, dementia, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.

Usual dose. Oral doses range from 300 to 1,200 milligrams per day.

Are there any risks? Clinical trials lasting from 4 months to 2 years have shown no significant side effects from taking alpha-lipoic acid. But no research has looked at taking it for longer than that.

What does the research show? Studies show that alpha-lipoic acid helped improve insulin response in people with diabetes. But no research has shown that alpha-lipoic acid offers any benefits for people with breast cancer.

— Last updated on January 27, 2022, 8:24 PM