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How safe is alpha-lipoic acid?

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Alpha-lipoic acid is a natural protective antioxidant. Studies suggest it may help with insulin resistance, nerve damage from diabetes, and other conditions. But we have limited information about its safety. Alpha-lipoic acid is not recommended for children or for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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

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

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 12, 2018

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