Alpha Lipoic Acid is a fatty acid containing powerful anti-oxidizing properties (similar to vitamin C) and has been used to treat cancer, chronic liver disease, and neuropathy.
Best used in conjunction with high dose vitamin C therapy, both may work to reduce oxidative stress, stimulate pro-oxidant decay of cancer cells, and disrupt the DNA reproduction of cancer cells to prevent their spread. In recent studies, ALA was demonstrated to contain a mechanism for inducing apoptosis (cell death) in lung cancer cells through activating caspases enzymes known to cause apoptosis. Additionally, ALA is a cofactor of pyruvate dehydrogenase, an enzyme that converts pyruvate to acetyl-CoA which plays a role in preventing the formation of lactate. Because cancer cells rely on their production of lactate to expand, ALA may be expected to mitigate the growth rate of those cancerous cells.
Additionally, ALA may be used safely alongside chemotherapy to reduce painful side effects. For example, in many chemo patients, neuropathy may develop and damage nerves thereby debilitating motor function. ALA may mitigate these effects by healing and protecting those damaged nerves. Diarrhea may also develop as a chemo side effect, but receiving ALA infusions before radiation sessions may help protect against intestinal toxicity and improve stool consistency. ALA has also been shown to protect chemo patients against cardiac and kidney toxicity resulting from chemotherapy as well.
Other uses for ALA:
- Type 1 and 2 Diabetes or insulin resistance
- Weight Loss & Dyslipidemia
- Chronic liver disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Peripheral Neuropathy