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Can you get alpha-lipoic acid naturally from foods?

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Alpha-lipoic acid is a natural protective antioxidant. Many foods have alpha-lipoic acid in very low amounts. They include spinach, broccoli, yams, potatoes, yeast, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, carrots, beets, and rice bran. Red meat -- particularly organ meat -- is also a source of alpha-lipoic acid.

SOURCES:

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center web site, “About Herbs: Alpha-lipoic acid.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site, “Alpha-lipoic acid.”

Natural Standard Patient Monograph, “Alpha-lipoic acid.”

Mijnhout, G. , April 2010; vol 68: pp 158-160. The Netherlands Journal of Medicine

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 12, 2018

SOURCES:

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center web site, “About Herbs: Alpha-lipoic acid.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site, “Alpha-lipoic acid.”

Natural Standard Patient Monograph, “Alpha-lipoic acid.”

Mijnhout, G. , April 2010; vol 68: pp 158-160. The Netherlands Journal of Medicine

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 12, 2018

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