Alpha-lipoic acid supplementation
What is ALA or Alpha-lipoic acid?
It is an organic compound that acts as an antioxidant. It has many vital roles in the body at a cellular level. The body can male ALA naturally, but often it is not enough, so it is recommended to supplement with ALA.
There are many important roles of ALA in the body such as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, aids in weight loss, improving insulin resistance and optimizing detoxification. People suffering from chronic inflammation can lead to many common chronic illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes mellitus type 2, and hypertension.
Also, it benefits individuals who are suffering from autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune thyroiditis, and multiple sclerosis. As we know that the main cause for most of diseases is having excess in oxidative stress. Studies also show that ALA may influence immunomodulatory effects on both innate and adaptive immune systems. Other studies show that ALA also decreases the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy in patients with type 2 diabetes.
ALA can be used with other supplements that aid in liver detoxification. ALA also is a precursor to produce glutathione in the body as well as is responsible for the regeneration of active forms of other cellular antioxidants including vitamin C and vitamin E.
ALA can be taken orally or through an intravenous route. The effect of intravenous ALA is more promising than oral supplementation. It is relatively safe in all individuals. Most common side effects from ALA IV Therapy is mild burning sensation and dizziness which becomes normal after a while after the infusion. It is recommended to have a thorough consultation with your physician before starting ALA supplementation.