January 25th, 2010

What is Alpha-Lipoic Acid?

Hi, I am Dr. Michael Murray. Alpha-lipoic acid is a vitamin-like substance that is often described as “nature’s perfect antioxidant.” Unlike many other antioxidants, alpha-lipoic acid can quench either water- or fat-soluble free radicals both inside the cell and outside in the intracellular spaces. The primary clinical use of alpha-lipoic acid has been for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy. The beneficial effects of alpha-lipoic acid in diabetic neuropathy have been confirmed in numerous double-blind studies at a dosage of 300 to 600 mg daily.