Lipoic acid, a vitamin-like substance that contains sulfur, is important to the body in the production of energy (ATP). It also effective against water- and fat-soluble free radical damage.
- Helps reduce elevated liver enzymes
- Improves blood flow to peripheral nerves
- Improves blood sugar metabolism
- Inhibits glycosylation of tissue proteins
- Inhibits HIV replication by reducing the activity of reverse transcriptase
- Stimulates regeneration of nerve fibers
- Works synergistically with vitamins B1 and B3 to produce ATP
- 20 - 50 mg. per day
- AIDS: 150 mg. TID
- Diabetes mellitus: 300-600 mg.
- Since lipoic acid is an antioxidant, it spares other antioxidants like vitamins E and C
Adverse Reactions and Toxicity:
- If using an extremely high dose, vitamin B1 should also be given
- No known toxicities
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