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Alpha-Lipoic Acid

Alpha-Lipoic Acid

Many Benefits for Medical Conditions & Anti-Aging

Alpha-lipoic acid, sometimes written as 'α-lipoic acid' and also known as alpha lipoic acid (ALA) or thioctic acid is a powerful antioxidant and organosulfur compound procured from caprylic acid, also known as octenoic acid. Alpha-lipoic acid plays a vital role in aerobic metabolism and has many important uses in various medical applications. Let's look at some of the potentially beneficial uses of alpha-lipoic acid.

Aging Skin: Potential Benefits

  • Reduction of fine lines
  • Decrease in wrinkles
  • Decrease in rough skin due to long-term sun damage
  • Improved elasticity

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery

Introducing alpha-lipoic acid, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, coenzyme Q10, and selenium up to 60 days before and 30 days after surgery may, in some cases, reduce complications after CABG surgery.


Supplementing alpha-lipoic acid orally or intravenously may improve blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes patients. Talk to your doctor about current research on the topic.

Diabetic Nerve Pain

Supplementing alpha-lipoic acid orally or by IV may decrease symptoms such as numbness (legs and arms), burning, and pain in diabetes patients. Studies have shown improvement only with a particular level of dosage, so talk to your doctor about your options and dosage levels.

Weight Loss

Some studies have indicated that supplementing alpha-lipoic acid daily for 5 months may help decrease overall body weight in those who are diagnosed as overweight. As with diabetic nerve pain, only certain dosage levels have shown evidence of success, so talk to your doctor about options and dosage levels.

Sources of Alpha-Lipoic Acid

There are many food sources that provide abundant alpha-lipoic acid, but some people may find it easier to supplement with manufactured alpha-lipoic acid. Alpha-lipoic acid can be readily found in spinach, liver, broccoli, yeast, and potatoes. Compounding pharmacies can provide high quality alpha-lipoic acid in dosages specific to your doctor's directions. Ask your doctor about the many benefits of compounded medications.

How Alpha-Lipoic Acid Works In The Body

Alpha-lipoic acid has various levels of performance and can facilitate multiple functions within the body. It may prevent select types of cell damage and restore vitamin E and vitamin C levels as well. Alpha-lipoic acid is essential for breaking down carbohydrates and creating energy for the body's organs.

Compounding Benefits for Alpha-Lipoic Acid & Other Meds

Unlike chain pharmacists, compounding pharmacists often take more time with your doctor to tailor medications to your specific needs. Compounding pharmacists can consider multiple factors such as your age, health status, medical history and any medical conditions when crafting your medications to your doctor's recommendations. Additionally, your medications can be customized for optimum dosages and into forms of delivery that fit your needs—from solutions to syrups, gummies to lollipops, topical gels, patches, injectables, and more. Ask your doctor about the myriad of options with compounded medications.

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