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Alpha Lipoic Acid

Alpha Lipoic Acid


Today I want to talk about Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA). It is just one of many treatments we provide to help you feel good!

So what is ALA? Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA), also known as thioctic acid, has been studied in the treatment of various medical conditions, including type-2 diabetes, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, neuropathy, cancer, and atherosclerosis. It's a powerful free radical scavenger and is essential in the production of cellular energy. So lets look at some of the benefits of ALA:

Type 2 Diabetes is associated with high levels of oxidative stress and ALA can help relieve these effects. Specifically, it has been studied and shown to increase insulin sensitivity with type 2 diabetes with significant hypoglycemic and anti-inflammatory effects

Fibromyalgia is a functionally disabling disorder characterized by widespread pain and frequently accompanied by sleep disturbance, fatigue, depression, and cognitive dysfunction. While the exact etiology of fibromyalgia is unknown, recent studies have provided evidence that oxidative stress and inflammation play a role in the pathophysiology of fibromyalgia. ALA exerts powerful anti-oxidant effects and attenuates oxidative stress associate with fibromyalgia.

Atherosclerosisand oxidative stress are significantly related. In actuality, oxidative stress is considered to be the primary cause in many cardiovascular diseases, including atherosclerosis. Research demonstrates that antioxidants help to decrease the incidence of atherosclerosis. ALA exerts potent antioxidant effects on the body and has been studied in experimental models for its ability to prevent and reverse atherosclerosis.

Cancer is a word none of us want to hear and hope to avoid. Although there are no magic medications that wipe out cancer ALA has been studied and has properties that can help. ALA inhibits cancer cell proliferation and induces automated cancer cell death. The nutrient was found to inhibit cell proliferation and induce apoptosis in MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cell lines38 and to inhibit the colony-forming ability of the highly invasive MDA-MB-231 and 4T1 breast cancer cells. ALA inhibited the migration and invasion of metastatic breast cancer cells at least in part through inhibiting ERK1/2 and AKT signaling. Whoa, that's a lot of science. Here's the skinny: studies evaluating the efficacy of ALA in the inhibition/treatment of cancer are are limited to experimental data; however, the research appears to be very promising!

Well that's enough for now. If you have questions feel free to contact us at or call us at 909-276-5125. We look forward to hearing from you!

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