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What conditions can ALA help?

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ALA may help people with type 2 diabetes use insulin better to lower blood sugar and reduce the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. It's an antioxidant, suggested as an aid to stop or slow the damage done by a variety of conditions from HIV to liver disease. There's also been interest in supplemental ALA for weight loss.

But aside from helping with insulin, there's no conclusive evidence, and more research needs to be done

From: Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) WebMD Medical Reference

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Linus Pauling Institute: "Lipoic Acid."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Alpha-lipoic acid."

UC Berkeley Wellness Letter: "Alpha Lipoic Acid."

Drugs.com: "Alpha-Lipoic Acid."

How Stuff Works: "Alpha Lipoic Acid and Weight Loss."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Diabetes and CAM: A Focus on Dietary Supplements."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

SOURCES:

Linus Pauling Institute: "Lipoic Acid."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Alpha-lipoic acid."

UC Berkeley Wellness Letter: "Alpha Lipoic Acid."

Drugs.com: "Alpha-Lipoic Acid."

How Stuff Works: "Alpha Lipoic Acid and Weight Loss."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Diabetes and CAM: A Focus on Dietary Supplements."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

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