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Can Alpha Lipoic Acid Supplements Eliminate Diabetic Neuropathy?

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Alpha-Lipoic Acid is a powerful antioxidant that helps our body overcome the dangers caused by free radicals. As a naturally occurring acid, Alpha-Lipoic Acid is part of many common foods. Recent medical research indicates that Alpha-Lipoic Acid benefits people who suffer from diabetes and from diabetic neuropathy and a supplementof it is strongly encouraged. 

How Much Alpha-Lipoic Acid Do you Need to Improve Diabetic Neuropathy?

Clinical trials that looked at how Alpha-Lipoic Acid impacts diabetes and diabetic neuropathy saw positive improvement in patients who suffer from either diabetic or who also suffered from neuropathy.alpha lipoic acid blog image 2.jpg

The key was adequate alpha lipoic acid dosage which started at 600 mg per day given orally. [1] In some studies the oral dosage of Alpha-Lipoic Acid reached as high as 1,800 mg per day. However, the safest level they found was at 600 mg per day [1]

It is difficult to add 600 mg of Alpha-Lipoic Acid to your diet without the use of supplements. Supplements allow you to add an exact amount of Alpha-Lipoic Acid to your daily intake without the stress or worry about over eating of one type of food. With the trendiness of this supplement the amount of private label alpha lipoic acid being sold has sky rocketed!

How much beef heart can you stomach in a day? Thankfully, Alpha-Lipoic Acid is a compound that we recreate in a lab so in supplement form, you can add as much as you need for your intake plan. 

How Alpha-Lipoic Acid Works to Help Ease Diabetic Neuropathy

Alpha-Lipoic Acid is both an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. It is also a naturally occurring substance that our body produces and then uses during the conversion of nutrients to energy. When our body converts nutrients to energy, it is breaking apart chemical bonds.

When it does so, energy is released, and the cells can absorb that energy and then power their functions. While the process sounds benign, it comes with the dangers of oxidative stress. When those chemical bonds break, their remnants include free radicals, which damage the cells or bond with other nutrients to rob the cell of access to critical nutrients such as sulfur.  

To overcome oxidative stress, the antioxidant properties of Alpha-Lipoic Acid go to work to shield the cell or to actively hunt down free radicals. By diminishing the number of free radicals, Alpha-Lipoic Acid supplements helps maintain cell health.  It does all of this because Alpha-Lipoic Acid is a sulfur-based substance, and it helps the cell's mitochondria to reduce the damage by free radicals.

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Part of the process that causes diabetic neuropathy is the buildup of glucose alcohols near the cells nerves. Glucose alcohols is the byproduct of too much sugar in our system. It is a chemical that our body absorbs, but by its own nature, it is absorbed slowly. Because we have too much available sugar, the amount of glucose alcohols builds up and the result is slow nerve damage.

Diabetic neuropathy occurs because of nerve damage. As an anti-inflammatory, Alpha-Lipoic Acid helps the cells rid themselves of the build up of glucose alcohols.[1] Inflammation is the body's natural response to disease or infection.

The Alpha-Lipoic Acid in our system helps to decrease the glucose alcohols in a couple of ways. 

First, it helps to reduce the amount of sugar in our blood. As less sugar is available the backup of glucose alcohols drops and the sensation of burning and pain drops. 

Secondly, helps to calm the immune system's response to pain so that inflammation decreases. 

Thirdly, Alpha Lipoid Acid improves how we respond to insulin so that our body better uses insulin to use or excrete excess blood glucose. 

As more medical studies come to light the many benefits of Alpha Lipoid Acid grow. Are you getting enough Alpha Lipoid Acid in your diet? 

Where to Find Alpha-Lipoic Acid In Food

The best food sources for Alpha-Lipoic Acid are those with a strong relationship between lysine and protein. Lysine is one of the essential amino acids. Food sources that have a lot of Alpha-Lipoic Acid include:

  • Spinach
  • Beef Organ Meat such as kidney, liver, and heart
  • Broccoli
  • Tomatoes
  • Brussels sprouts

The richest source of Alpha-Lipoic Acid is from spinach. If you want to add more Alpha-Lipoic Acid to your diet, consider incorporating spinach into your meal planning. Incorporating these specific foods in your diet could make it hard to acquire your daily regimen of alpha lipoic acid so a supplement would be ideal. When people can't get enough in their diet they turn to supplements. There has been an increase in the use of alpha-lipoic acid in custom and private label nutraceuticals alike. You can see when supplement manufacturers create a private label supplement that there is already demand for it. Why would  a manufacturer mass produce bottles if they knew they wouldn't sell?

Other Benefits of Alpha-Lipoic Acid

Research has shown that Alpha-Lipoic Acid has many benefits for diabetics. It is capable of correcting our insulin sensitivity. [2] One of the key factors of diabetes type II is a high fat - high sugar diet.alpha lipoic acid blog image 3.jpg

Alpha-Lipoic Acid helps the body to shed fat in the bloodstream and helps the cells use more glucose rather than allowing it to accumulate in the cells. The presence of glucose alcohols is one factor that leads to diabetic neuropathy.

As such, Alpha-Lipoic Acid helps prevent diabetes [3] In fact, the better-controlled blood glucose is, the better Alpha Lipoid Acid works at decreasing or preventing diabetic neuropathy. 

Sadly, while doctors tend to only prescribe diabetic medication, many diabetics are unaware that alpha lipoid acid is a supplement with a proven track record of helping to regulate diabetes and improve the quality of life for people who suffer from diabetes and diabetic neuropathy.