Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)

Alpha lipoic acid is a naturally occurring compound found in most tissues. It functions as a powerful antioxidant, heavy metal chelator, and co-factor in the Kreb’s Cycle where usable energy is generated from the foods we eat. It is used to support weight loss by improving insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control, it binds to heavy metals such as mercury, arsenic, and cadmium, it scavenges for free radicals that can cause cellular damage, and supports diabetic neuropathy by increasing blood flow to the feet. Within the body, the normal levels of circulating ALA are relatively low, meaning that supplementation is necessary in order to experience ALA’s full benefits. Most of the ALA the body makes is consumed rapidly, so IV supplementation of this molecule can have major benefits.

Regularly used for:

 

  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic Liver Disease
  • Neuropathy – ALA causes improvements in blood flow to peripheral nerves due to the antioxidant effects. Better control of blood glucose levels and insulin sensitivity also contribute to helping diabetic symptoms

Side effects:

The most common side effect is hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), so we advise you eat something before receiving an ALA IV and monitor blood sugar levels before and after infusion if diabetic or pre-diabetic. Other, less common, side effects include nausea, rash, and itching.