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What are the risks associated with taking alpha-lipoic acid?

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Alpha-lipoic acid is a natural protective antioxidant. Because alpha-lipoic acid can lower blood sugar or other important nutrients, check with a doctor before using it if you have diabetes. Your doctor might want to test your glucose levels regularly while you use alpha-lipoic acid supplements. If you have thyroid problems, a thiamine deficiency (sometimes found in alcoholics or those with anorexia, for example), or any other medical issue, talk to your doctor before you start taking alpha-lipoic acid supplements.

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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