PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

Do you need to take an ALA supplement?

ANSWER

Alpha-lipoic acid or ALA is a naturally occurring compound that your cells need to make energy and do other things. As long as you're healthy, the body can make all the ALA it needs.

There's not a lot of research on the effects of taking ALA supplements. But it does suggest some possible benefits.

From: Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) WebMD Medical Reference

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

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

NEXT QUESTION:

How well does the body absorb ALA?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

"ALEXA, ASK WEBMD"

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.