Alpha-Lipoic Acid

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How does Alpha-lipoic Acid work?

Alpha-lipoic acid seems to help prevent certain kinds of cell damage in the body, and also restores vitamin levels such as vitamin E and vitamin C.

Are there safety concerns?

There is some scientific evidence that alpha-lipoic acid might be safe for most adults. People taking alpha-lipoic acid by mouth might get a rash. People at risk for thiamine deficiency should take a thiamine supplement.

Diabetics should be careful to check their blood sugar levels because alpha-lipoic acid might lower blood sugar.

Do not use alpha-lipoic acid if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You use alcohol excessively.
  • You have thiamine deficiency.
  • You have thyroid disease.
  • You are scheduled for surgery in the next two weeks.

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