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Metabolic Antioxidant/ Liver protector Also known as thioctic acid, a comprehensive review article describes the essential role of alpha-lipoic acid in the utilization of food and production of energy Some alpha-lipoic acid is converted by the body to dihydrolipoic acid. These substances function as a ??Universal antioxidants?that quench free radicals in both lipid and aqueous domains. Alpha-lipoic acid is a potent scavenger of hydroxyl singlet-oxygen and other types of free radicals. Overseas Experimental and therapeutic studies point to the potential benefits of alpha-lipoic acid in diabetes, cataracts, ischemia/reperfusion injury liver disease and neurodegenerative disease. Alpha lipoic acid has several potential benefits for diabetics. It enhances glucose uptake in non-insulin-dependent diabetes (NIDDM), inhibits glycosylation (the abnormal attachment of sugar to protein), and has been used to improve diabetic nerve damage (at an intake of 600 mg per day) and reduce pain associated with that nerve damage.
There is some evidence that alpha lipoic acid, taken in the amount of 150 mg daily for one month, may improves visual function in people with both stage I and stage II glaucoma. Alpha lipoic acid has been shown to inhibit the replication of the HIV virus in the test tube. However, it is not known whether supplementing with alpha lipoic acid would benefit HIV-positive people.
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