Alpha lipoic acid is an antioxidant that our bodies produce naturally and that is found in food. It can be taken as a dietary supplement.
Alpha lipoic acid is said to improve insulin resistance, help with nerve damage caused by diabetes or cancer treatment. It is also said to help protect the retina from damage that occurs in diabetic individuals. Other possible applications include reducing dementia systems and help age-related skin damage.
Although uncommon, possible side effects could include nausea, dizziness, or rash.
Consult a physician prior to use as an individual with diabetes, thyroid problems, a thiamine deficiency, or any other medical issue.
Due to lack of research, children and pregnant/breast-feeding women should avoid use.
Alpha lipoic acid might interact with diabetic medication, chemotherapy drugs, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, tranquilizers, vasodilators, and osteoarthritis medications. If you are on any of these medications, consult a doctor before using lipoic acid.