Regulated as a drug in several European countries, lipoic acid is an important component of every informed individual’s diabetic diet.
Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes
Overwhelming evidence now suggests that lipoic acid may be critical for not only maintaining optimal blood sugar levels by helping the body to use glucose, but also for supporting insulin sensitivity and key aspects of cardiovascular health, such as endothelial function.
According to a just-released review of experimental studies, it can help relieve several components of metabolic syndrome a constellation of risk factors that often precedes full-blown types 2 diabetes.
This review revealed that the antioxidant reduces blood pressure and insulin resistance, improves the lipid profile, and reduces weight. Scientists are encouraged by it’s potential as a therapeutic agent for individuals with metabolic syndrome.
Furthermore, another recent study of 36 patients with coronary artery disease found that a combination of the antioxidant with the amino acid, carnitine, reduced blood pressure and improved endothelial function of the brachial artery.
This nutrient pair may therefore be an effective strategy for supporting healthy blood pressure levels, particularly in the context of metabolic syndrome.
Just last year, investigators revealed dramatic effects in improving insulin sensitivity in overweight adults suffering from type 2 diabetes. The antioxidant produced significant improvements in a very short time frame only four weeks of supplementation.
This finding could have important implications, as insulin resistance lies at the heart of type 2 diabetes.
Even after complications of diabetes have manifested, the antioxidant offers help. It has been found effective in the treatment of diabetic neuropathy, and is included in the top diabetic diet guidelines.
Diabetic neuropathy is characterized by numbness, tingling, and pain best described as burning in the extremities.A large, randomized, placebo-controlled, multicenter, double-blind study involving 328 patients with type 2 diabetes revealed that it significantly improved symptoms of diabetic neuropathy, including sensations of burning, tingling, itching, and pain.
Just five weeks of oral supplementation significantly improved the stabbing pain, burning pain, and numbness of the feet in patients suffering from diabetic neuropathy, with the dose-effectiveness range being 600-1,800 mg dosed orally per day.
The Right Form of Lipoic Acid
The typical supplement is called the alpha form. It's a mixture of two forms called R and S.
The human body normally produces and uses the R form only. This active form significantly supports healthy inflammatory response, is a potent free-radical scavenger and has been shown to be more potent than the combined R and S forms that comprise most alpha-containing supplements.
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