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How safe is alpha-lipoic acid?

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Given the lack of evidence about its safety, alpha-lipoic acid is not recommended for children or for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

From: Alpha-Lipoic Acid WebMD Medical Reference

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 David Kiefer on October 17, 2016

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 David Kiefer on October 17, 2016

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