There are no miracle cure-alls, silver bullets, or magic pills that will get you trim, fit and healthy, but after an exhaustive search and rigorous testing, The Sherpa has pinpointed a few natural health therapies that DO help and ferreted out the scams to may be shocked by what we've discovered.

Alpha Lipoic Acid: How to Treat the REAL Cause of Type 2 Diabetes


Posted Monday, Dec. 27th, 2010


Ask someone what disease they fear the most and many will answer type 2 diabetes…and for good reason.

One out of every 10 Americans has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and millions more are walking around undiagnosed every day.

And if the disease isn’t bad enough, there are the terrifying complications, including:

  • Blindness
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Amputation
  • Death

The only thing more frightening than what can happen once you get type 2 diabetes is the startling ineffectiveness of the treatments that are most often recommended.

While doctors will tell you, often offhandedly, to lose weight and exercise, they are more likely to prescribe a drug or even insulin, which is a HUGE mistake.

If you have type 2 diabetes, you already have too much insulin in your system.  So adding more insulin is like adding gasoline to a fire.  It’s the LAST thing you need and it can have serious consequences.1

For example, too much insulin has been shown to:

  • Lead to weight gain;
  • Increase inflammation in the body;
  • Thicken the blood;
  • Elevate blood pressure, LDL cholesterol, and triglyceride levels;
  • Reduce HDL cholesterol levels;
  • Worsen or even cause depression; and
  • Increase your risk for Alzheimer’s and cancer.2

Ultimately, the single most effect thing you can do if you have type 2 diabetes is to modify your diet to include only nutrient-dense, low-glycemic load whole foods and to get moderate daily exercise.

But that requires fundamental changes to your lifestyle, which can take time; so in addition to that, you may consider using a treatment that helps your cells become more sensitive to the insulin that’s already in your body.  This way, your body can naturally “hear” insulin’s message and start to lower your blood sugar levels on its own.

Fortunately, Mother Nature has provided you with a very safe and effective solution.

The Universal Antioxidant to the Rescue…

There is an amazing nutrient that has been attributed with everything from cancer prevention and skin rejuvenation to metal chelation and anti-aging properties.

But its real claim to fame is how this antioxidant may help treat and prevent type 2 diabetes.

Originally thought to be a vitamin, alpha lipoic acid (also called lipoic acid or ALA) is a potent antioxidant that, unlike most antioxidants, is both water- and fat-soluble, making it active in virtually every cell in the body.

In addition to neutralizing harmful free radicals, alpha lipoic acid regenerates and increases levels of vitamin C, vitamin E, coenzyme Q10, and glutathione within the body.

But what does all this have to do with type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance?  Let’s see what the research has to say.

Alpha Lipoic Acid and Type 2 Diabetes…

Alpha lipoic acid proponents claim that the antioxidant improves insulin sensitivity, lowers blood sugar, and helps treat complications related to type 2 diabetes, especially neuropathy.

In one study, alpha lipoic acid was indeed found to improve insulin sensitivity.3 Researchers gave 600mg of controlled-release alpha lipoic acid twice a day to six non-diabetic women with polycystic ovarian syndrome.

At the end of 16 weeks, the women enjoyed a 13.5 percent improvement in insulin sensitivity, as well as lower triglyceride levels.

While this study is intriguing, there are a few questions that need to be raised.  Firstly, the sample size (six) is quite small.  Also, while a classic marker of polycystic ovarian syndrome is insulin resistance, women with this condition are not considered type 2 diabetics.  It would be interesting to see this type of study performed on people with type 2 diabetes.

To answer this very question, researchers from Germany developed a randomized, placebo-controlled, multi-center study to see how alpha lipoic acid performed in people with type 2 diabetes.4

They divided 74 type 2 diabetics into four groups.  One group received 600mg of alpha lipoic acid a day, one received 600mg twice a day (1,200mg total), another received 600mg three times a day (1,800mg total), and the fourth group received a placebo.

At the end of four weeks, all groups receiving the alpha lipoic acid, regardless of dosage, exhibited significantly greater insulin sensitivity as compared to the placebo group.  Researchers concluded, “Oral administration of alpha lipoic acid can improve insulin sensitivity in patients with type 2 diabetes.”

While the design of the study is quite good, we would just like to see the study duplicated with more participants over a longer period of time to really underscore the results.

Finally, a gold standard study—multi-center, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled—tested alpha lipoic acid’s benefit for type 2 diabetics with neuropathy.5 (Neuropathy, a common complication of type 2 diabetes, is marked by damage to the nerves of the peripheral nervous system.)

Researchers divided 181 diabetics into four groups.  As in the aforementioned study, the first received 600mg of alpha lipoic acid a day, the second received 1,200mg a day, the third received 1,800mg a day, and the fourth group received a placebo.  However, this group received their dosages all at once, rather than divided throughout the day.

After five weeks, those patients taking the alpha lipoic acid enjoyed significantly greater symptom relief than the placebo group, with an average of 50 percent greater decrease in symptoms across all three alpha lipoic acid groups, as compared to just a 32 percent decrease of symptoms in the placebo group.

Researchers concluded “oral treatment with [alpha lipoic acid] for five weeks improved neuropathic symptoms.”

This is a well executed study with a fairly large study group and impressive results…exactly what’s needed to support a natural therapy.

Given the findings of all three studies, it appears safe to say that alpha lipoic acid is an effective, natural treatment option for type 2 diabetes and its related neuropathy.

Caution: Not All Alpha Lipoic Acid is Created Equal…

If you decide to use alpha lipoic acid, make sure you do your homework.  There are two forms of alpha lipoic acid: R-alpha lipoic acid and S-alpha lipoic acid.

The R form is alpha lipoic acid in its natural state.  It is this form that contains the powerful antioxidant and type 2 diabetes-fighting benefits.

The S form is the evil, inefficient clone of alpha lipoic acid.  It doesn’t even exist naturally.  Rather, it is the “byproduct” of commercial production of alpha lipoic acid.  And, as a result, it is completely ineffective.6

Unfortunately, many commercial alpha lipoic acid products are a 50/50 combination of the R and S forms.  So be sure to do your homework and make certain you are getting 100 percent R-alpha lipoic acid.

If the manufacturer doesn’t list the form and appears to be more interested in hype than research, move on to another product.

Also, make sure the manufacturer uses good manufacturing practices (GMP) for the product and be sure you can find all ingredients contained in the product before purchasing.  And, if the product contains a trademarked extract, research that extract.  Is it safe?  Has it been through clinical trials?

Finally, be sure the product you choose is free of preservatives, fillers, binders, excipients, flow agents, shellacs, coloring agents, gluten, yeast, lactose, and other allergens.  Ideally you’ll also be able to find independent analysis done by a third party to verify the active ingredients and identify any contaminants.

Once you have selected a high quality product, the recommended dosage, based on the studies referenced above, is 600mg of alpha lipoic acid a day.

Some side effects have been noted with alpha lipoic acid, including nausea, vomiting, and skin rash, but are more commonly seen at high dosages.

Additionally, alpha lipoic acid can intensify type 2 diabetes medication, causing low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia.  It may also interfere with some thyroid medications, so check with your doctor before using alpha lipoic acid if you are taking either of these medications.

These well-designed studies, and just simple common sense, say that it’s far more effective to train your body to be more insulin sensitive using a natural therapy such as ALA rather than pumping your body full of excess insulin, which can then wreak havoc on your biology.

But remember, just like all other natural therapies, ALA is no magic bullet and the key to overcoming type 2 diabetes, as with most health problems, is to focus on eating a nutrient-rich, whole foods diet and to engage in moderate daily exercise.

By following a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and regaining insulin sensitivity with alpha lipoic acid, you can put yourself on the path to reverse your type 2 diabetes once and for all.


1Gerstein, HC et al. Effects of intensive glucose lowering in type 2 diabetes. N Engl J Med. 2008 Jun 12, 358(24), 2545-59.

2Gaziano, JM et al. Fasting triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein, and risk of myocardial infarction. Circulation. 1997 Oct 21, 96(8), 2520-5.

3Masharani, U et al.  Effects of controlled-release alpha lipoic acid in lean, nondiabetic patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome. J Diabetes Sci Technol 2010 Mar 1, 4(2),  359-64.

4Jacob, S et al.  Oral administration of RAC-alpha-lipoic acid modulates insulin sensitivity in patients with type-2 diabetes mellitus: a placebo-controlled pilot trial.  Free Radic Biol Med.  1999 Aug, 27(3-4), 309-14.

5Ziegler, D et al.  Oral treatment with alpha lipoic acid improves symptomatic diabetic polyneuropathy: the SYNDEY 2 trial. Diabetes Care.  2006 Nov 29(11), 2365-70.

6Hagen TM, et al.  (R)-alpha-lipoic acid reverses the age-associated increase in susceptibility of hepatocytes to tert-butylhydroperoxide both in vitro and in vivo. Antioxid Redox Signal.  2000 Fall, 2(3), 473-83.

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  • Dr Ike

    Well researched, useful article. Keep up the good work.

    • IceMel2347NotTheOneFromJersey

      What a useful comment. Keep up the good padding.

      …ok having tried ALA, I think it’s a good thing…but too many comments on this site look fake.
      As if this entire site is a stealth site for the few products it promotes. It does look espcailly nice though, Sherpa.

      PS Dr Ike..if you are a real person apologies…I couldn’t find a way to leave a comment on article without a trackback.,,so I got snarky.

    • Thanks Dr. Ike!

      Naturally yours,

      The Sherpa

  • Gotfrey2559

    People generally are afraid to take things they know nothing about..ALA is one of those would be nice to think ALA could cause positive health benefits but since everyone’s bodies and health conditions are different, it is still too controversial to start on…we wonder if it would make an existing but undiagnosed condition worse…some supplements do.One can check with their doctor but more than likely he/she will poopoo the whole supplement thing!

    • George Halepis

      What supplement would make what existing but undiagnosed condition worse?

    • Possibly, but can’t the same be said for pharmaceuticals…and with much riskier side effects. Still, you should always work with a doctor regarding any health regimen you are using. If your current physician is not open to alternative treatments, you can find a new practitioner at

      Naturally yours,

      The Sherpa

  • Dave

    Nice to see someone recommending something without trying to “force sell” you something. An informative site. I like It! Dave… South Africa

  • Gloria

    It truly works! My Diabetes Educator started me on it 3 years ago. It takes care of the nerve pain in my feet from type 2 Diabetes. I have had no side effects from the 1800 mg dose.

  • Kljohnson77

    I am confused. I have Type 2 diabetes but DO NOT take insulin in any form. I thought Type 1 diabetes was the one that required taking insulin in some form. I take Metformin and Glipizide but no insulin (unless I misunderstand what those two drugs are. Your reference to taking insulin for Type 2 diabetes makes me wonder about your accuracy or marketing strategy.

    • John Wells

      The drugs that you take makes your own insulin more effective and reduces your blood glucose levels. In the later stages of Type 2 Diabetes, production of insulin can cease or drop to a level that requires addition of external insulin. A Type 2 Diabetic is then in a similar situation to a Type 1 Diabetic.

    • Type 2 diabetics can be prescribed either oral medications or insulin. Crazy, we know.

      Naturally yours,

      The Sherpa

  • Jceleste

    my same thoughts about the insulin discrepancy. im recently diagnosed with pre-diabetes & have been researching like crazy to get some help understanding what exactly is happening in my body & how i can fix it. so, unless i am wrong, the type 1 diabetics take insulin because the body isn’t making it & is needed for cellular function. type 2 diabetics already have too much insulin because the body keeps making it but the cells cant use it. from the article i see how the ALA (supposedly) helps the cells to be able to use/absorb the over-produced insulin in type 2 diabetics, therefore balancing the system. i too am confused about that statement that doctors would prescribe type 2 with insulin. not even the biggest idiot doctor would do that, so i too, wonder about the knowledge of the author.

    • Believe it or not, doctors prescribe insulin to type 2 diabetics all the time. We think it’s crazy too.

      Naturally yours,

      The Sherpa

  • Burneta

    Sounds great as I have been looking for a ‘simple way’ to stop my diabetes including changing my diet to a more wholesome one. Just wish they had included some of the brands of the ALA. Living in a small town does not give me a great selection of places to shop. On line is my best bet. Any suggestions???

    • Avis

      Burnetta, the best form of ALA you can get is by Avanced Ortho-Molecular Research.
      Get the sustained release kind, rather exxpensive but does a wondrful job regarding blood sugar numbers.

      • virgie

        Hi Avis, thanks for the information on ala, please tell me where you got it and how much it is. God Bless You

  • Boogie

    I don’t think any doctor I know will know anything about this and thyroid medications.

    I just changed my diet to certain veggies, no starch or sugar, lean meats, and fruit. I can tell you that my blood sugar went under 100 , in a few days and stayed there , the highest after meal was 113.
    That convinced me to eat right. Try it.
    My doctor didn’t give a crap, all he wanted to do was start me on medications.
    Also, stopped the statins and my blood sugar increased dramaticallly also.

    • Boogie

      Blood sugar DECREASED after stopping the statins.

    • Derek Yee

      I tried your style of eating about 11/2 year ago. It worked very well in terms of weight loss and getting my sugar level almost back to normal. Lately, I became more liberal in eating more rice and rice based noodles, my weight came back and the sugar level is at the higher level also. I should go back to before, although it is a wee bit inconvenient when eating out. I am living in Malaysia, anyone know a good brand of ALA to buy? I did try out a brand but I didn’t notice much of a difference. Maybe I didn’t get it right on the dosage.

      Derek – Malaysia

      • Eddieleo8

        where can I get the above product. Derek, I am also from Malaysia. Please keep me informed when you know where to get the R-ALA in Malaysia. I can be contacted at

    • Boogie,

      Good for you! It’s amazing what the natural way can accomplish.

      Naturally yours,

      The Sherpa

  • Rosemary HYA

    This article is very enlightening. I definitely will order r-ALA. I have been taking ALA-600 for many years, but only 1 daily. You are the first to offer advice without costing me extra money–even the ones I have subscribed to. Thanks so much.

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  • Doreen O

    If your condition was due to too much iron, MSM, copper (the list goes on), then taking a supplement that includes those substances would make your condition worse. Or sometimes people take supplements that are flavored or sweetened with something that doesn’t work well with their body. This is where a hair analysis for your mineral status is an aid in decision-making.

  • Mustafasadik

    What kind of drug available in chemists shops that contain this substance?

  • Avis

    This information is far from new. Advanced Ortho-Molecular Research is the company that brought this information forth and everyone is copying them.
    I have been taking it for at least 7 years. However, on the good side those companies that pick AOR information and spread it around are certainly doing good.
    They have two bone products, one for Osteopenia which far exxceeds the Big Pharma product called Boneva (contains a product that is in laundry soap)
    ;Do your homework before you take Big Pharma Products.
    I was reently given a form of Mirtazapine, a common side affects are that you may do yourself or someone else harm, Anyone want to take that ???

  • Rodb193

    very encouraging

  • Malaccastraits

    I would highly caution anyone who has (or has had) Amalgam fillings or other long-term mercury exposure about taking ALA (or any heavy metal poisoning).

    ALA is a chelation agent that pulls heavy metals from the body’s organs. It does not chelate nearly as much as it stirs up so individuals with heavy metals in thier bodies will become very lll from ALA.

    And if one still has Amalgam fillings ALA will actually draw out more mercury from the fillings.

    There are many well documented cases of people getting ill form ALA. I know one person who was prescribed ALA and became very ill. Later she was prescribed ALA with another chelation agent DMSA under a strict schedule taking a dose every 3 hours – and it worked wonders.

    As with all ‘medical research’, there isn’t a good way to have a clean control group as most people living in industrialized countries have so many chemicals in their bodies the research just isn’t valid.

    • You raise an incredibly interesting issue. We will definitely look into it and report back.

      Naturally yours,

      The Sherpa

  • Lyn

    After feeling dizziness, dry mouth, losing weight, hair and skin condition, I’ve just been diagnosed with quite high blood sugar and suspected diabetes. I didn’t suffer the usual symtoms of diabetes. I am normal weight, I sometimes had a dry mouth but had no urge to drink more fluid, had no lacking of energy and already have a good diet. I can only put it down to stress, lack of sleep and exercise. Frightening diagnoses. I’ve still to go for more blood tests. I’ve got my hands on a copy of ’30 day diabetes cure’ which is mainly cleaning up my diet. I will try anything. I am going to start this after the blood tests. I am interested in your suggestions and would like to know my best options to purchase ALA.

    • Pedalsteel

      I found your story interesting, particularly the part about the book, “30 day diabeties cure”. For the most part, the “golden standard” in the medical profession is just about always going to be pharmacuticles. PRESCRIPTION DRUGS! Most medical doctors don’t want to hear anything about “natural or homeopathic” remedies, and in fact, some will get mad and even ask that you not see them again if you push the subject much. In any event, I read the long article about the “30 day diabeties cure” book (emphasis on CURE) and this sounded exactly what I’ve been looking for, a “CURE” not another “treatment!” With that being the case, I would be very interested in knowing if you found the info in this book to truly be a “cure” as they boast, or is it truly more another strict “diet” change plan, most of which are probably impossible for most human beings to ever maintain or live with. I would tend to think that every diabetic would like to find a “CURE” for this desease, and not just another “treatment” be it with drugs or otherwise. Diabeties is without question one of the most devistating deseases of all times, but I can’t help but think that someone truly does know how to “cure” this desease, but publishing that kind of information would kill them much quicker than the desease itself ever would! Your thoughts????

      • Who is the author of the book you are referencing? We can check it out and get back to you. But, please know, that when it comes to curing type 2 diabetes, diet and losing weight are almost always a large part of the answer.

        Naturally yours,

        The Sherpa

  • I am a diabetes 2 patient. I am know couple months since i had this. And i am using metformin 850mg. I am okay with the tablets but starting to loose eye site.
    As if i need to wear glasses. What would you advise me to take.

    • Spear man,

      Unfortunately we cannot give you specific medical advice. We suggest you visit to find a natural health practitioner in your area who can guide you to the right treatments.

      Naturally yours,

      The Sherpa

  • Health Naturally

    To the comments above about the fact that Drs would not give more insulin to a Diabetic. If you are on more than one diabetic pill then you are probably on insulin. The Drs give pills and neveer tell you they are a form of insulin. If yoiu go to a hospital they will shoot any patient full of insulin if the blood sugar rises,,,,,,it is well documented that a natural reaction of your body is to release insulin when it is under stress,. By all means do not let them give you the insulin.
    Drs are NOT trained in nutrition so try to treat with drugs instead of natural remedies and don’t even know or understand the reaction of the body to many drugs or natural treatments. They are taught symptom and treatment with strong shocking RX, often the wrong or inadequate treatment.

    Many years ago one treatment used for diabetes was Chromium and L-carnitine. It is now in many formulas touted for diabetics. It works to help the cells change back to accepting the glucose into the muscles.

    Adele Puhn put it all together in a book, very very well, several years ago. Try to find her books. She was right on and gives a treatment of several vitamins (including ALA and chromium + L-carnitine) plus a diet plan that is reasonable to follow but that will give extrodinary results. Her book was so good that I bought ten copies and gave them to friends. It was a mirical road map for diabetics.
    I to would like to hear from anyone who has found a good source for the R-ALA

    • Health Naturally: It is my understanding that chromium gtf is the better chromium and is mentioned in an article written by Tony Isaacs entitled The Overlooked Trace Mineral that Could Wipe Out the Diabetes Epidemic (you can google the article).

      This article also indicates “A molecule named Glucose Tolerance Factor (GTF) was found to be primarily composed of chromium. Dr. Walter Mertz, an assistant to Dr. Schwartz at the time, noted in 1959 “Type II diabetes is not a disease. It is the lack of a natural ingredient, known as GTF chromium.”

      Articles from Blue Heron Health News indicate that inflammation is the culprit in the cause of disease. From my experience I do notice that blood sugar goes up when I am not feeling well, so I understand the inflammation connection.

  • Health Naturally

    OOPS Body releases GLUCOSE under stress……. Do not let them give yoiu the insulin shot. Ask about every medication that they come in holdig a needle. You will be better off not letting them shoot you up with insulin. It is standard procedure in most hospitals today. ASK

  • Gillianwardle

    I am on a diet related regime for type 2 diabetes, but have odd feeling toes! It could be Tamoxifen, post Chemo ( 4yrs ogo) but A.L.A. SEEMS TO REDUCE PROBLEM BY AT LEAST 50%.i NOTICED THE DIFFERENCE WHEN I RAN OUT OF IT! Who makes the 100% R type? is it available in Australia. I take a combo.

    • Check with for good brands. They do independent analysis of virtually all supplements and brands.

      Naturally yours,

      The Sherpa

  • Rose Shields

    I enjoyed reading this article because it comes across as fundamentally truthful, no hype, no advertisements, just good advice.


    • Rosemary,

      We aren’t big fans of hype ourselves. Glad we fit your style.

      Naturally yours,

      The Sherpa

  • Zahavi100

    dr berkson the expert in ALA says that all R-ALA are contaminated.
    you must use always B-complex with ALA and it has to be from german ingerdients and not chinese.
    metabolic maintenance is a good brand

  • John Edmonds

    Great article! I use it daily and it works great for me. Didn’t know the difference between “R” and “S” till I read this! Thanks for the information.

  • LS

    The article mentions a “32% decrease in symptoms in the placebo group”. I find that remarkable, but the author doesn’t comment on it. What does that mean?

    • LS,

      That means that the people in the placebo group did have a reduction in pain due to their neuropathy, even though they weren’t taking the supplement. This happens often and is called the “placebo effect” for that reason.

      It’s a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy. If you think you are taking something to ease your pain, your pain is eased. Researchers often take this into account when doing a study.

      Naturally yours,

      The Sherpa

  • Ray Budhai

    I appreciate the information and I will put it to use. This kind of information is valuable and I don’t ever remember this information from my doctor, so thanks again!
    Ray B.

    • Ray,

      We aren’t surprised. Not too many reps walking from doctor’s office to doctor’s office touting the benefits of a $10 supplement. That’s why we are here.

      Naturally yours,

      The Sherpa

  • Eddieleo8

    where can I get the above product. Where I buy the R-alpha L Acid?

  • Senn

    love the information it gave me.

  • Primary Care MD

    Many MD’s are at least somewhat trained in nutrition these days, but mostly those of us who are interested pick it up later by studying on their own.

    However, the first suggestion in traditional medicine is ALWAYS life style changes, including a healthy diet, decrease or elimination of processed and high glycemic foods, and daily exercise. Unfortunately the vast majority of people will not change their lifestyle. Lifestyle change is admittedly difficult for many people.

    Some people have very heavy genetic loading and develop diabetes even though they have a healthy lifestyle and are not overweight (much less likely though). Interestingly, Joslin (of Joslin Diabetes Centers) who later discovered the role of insulin, treated his own diabetic mother (before anyone knew what the cause of diabetes was) by having her eat a relatively high fat and low carb diet, which apparently prolonged her life at a time when diabetes was a quickly fatal illness.

    As the Sherpa says, there is no magic bullet, and no substitute for good self care. Healthy foods in moderate amounts combined with exercise is the gold standard, with even a 10% lowering of weight (for the majority of diabetics who are overweight) can make a significant difference in blood sugar control. However, if you do need medication, there are some that are considerably safer than others.

    Metformin, which is an old medication (and also generic, so it isn’t promoted in advertising or by drug reps) has been found to be very helpful in preventing diabetes in “pre-diabetic” situations, and in weight loss and well being for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome. The research Sherpa mentions is very interesting, and I will read the references and do more personal research on alpha lipoic acid supplementation.

    • Dear Primary Care,

      We’d love to hear about any additional research you do! Please keep us informed!

      Naturally yours,

      The Sherpa

  • Because alpha lipoic acid is believed to be such a powerful and potent antioxidant, it is now used to treat and prevent  diabetes like disease.

  • Chiawk

    This is an interesting article. R-ALA appears to deduce blood sugar level significantly. But how do we get it? What kind of food contains R-ALA?

  • Shirley Gekler

    Allpha Lipoic Acid — This is a product that is included in its natural state in the supplement which I use, as a result of being diagnosed as diabetic a few years ago.  I really didn’t know what an outstanding piece of the puzzle it is, until now.  As I understand, this is a good proactive product and I quote part of your article below:

    The Universal Antioxidant to the Rescue…

    There is an amazing nutrient that has been attributed with everything
    from cancer prevention and skin rejuvenation to metal chelation and
    anti-aging properties.

    But its real claim to fame is how this antioxidant may help treat and prevent type 2 diabetes.

    Originally thought to be a vitamin, alpha lipoic acid (also called
    lipoic acid or ALA) is a potent antioxidant that, unlike most
    antioxidants, is both water- and fat-soluble, making it active in
    virtually every cell in the body.

    In addition to neutralizing harmful free radicals, alpha lipoic acid
    regenerates and increases levels of vitamin C, vitamin E, coenzyme Q10,
    and glutathione within the body.

    In your article we see what the natural form of ALA can do and then we find that the synthetic version does not come close in any way.   We find that most people and even most doctors don’t have specialized knowledge of all the pros and cons of all the various supplements that are on the market.    IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE A PERSONAL TRUST IN WHERE WE GET THE RECOMMENDATION FOR ANY SUPPLEMENTAL PRODUCTS THAT WE USE.  WE MUST REMEMBER THAT NOT ALL PRODUCTS ARE CREATED EQUALLY.

    • Shirley,

      We completely agree. Education is the key. Be informed. Do your research, not just of the products you take, but of the ingredients they contain and the company you purchase them from.

      Naturally yours,

      The Sherpa

  • Rodb193

    great ares of alaticle good information did not realise there were two types of ala. thanks

  • QldTechie

    I am taking the R Form every night from Life Extension Foundation

  • Briandyke10

    thanks for an erudite discussion frisby

    • Why thank you! And thanks for the “big word of the day!”

      Naturally yours,

      The Sherpa



    • We are glad you liked the article. And we like cinnamon too. Please be sure to read the other article on that tantalizing spice.

      Naturally yours,

      The Sherpa

  • Bmcnicol2001

    any particular brand recommendations?

    • We stay neutral and do not recommend specific brands, as a rule. A quick Internet search or recommendations for others in the comments should be able to point you in the right direction.

      Naturally yours,

      The Sherpa

  • Maggy

    I just started taking ALA a few months ago but didn’t know about the R/S difference. Thank you. I read many of the comments. One of your answers stated that ALA is a $10 supplement. WHERE can I get it for $10?

    • Maggy,

      A quick Google search for alpha lipoic acid will show you many options for purchasing online.

      Naturally yours,

      The Sherpa

  • Will

    Thank you for wonderful information, I have used the ala 600mg only one a day it does drop points in blood sugar levels.

    • Will,

      Fantastic! Just remember that ALA alone is not the answer. Be sure to be eating a low glycemic diet and getting regular exercise.

      Naturally yours,

      The Sherpa

  • Gordon

    Finally, someone didn’t make me sit and watch a video which I don’t have time for and never watch.  Thank you.     G –

  • Thanks for reissuing this great article. There are so many people that can benefit from the information contained herein. It is worth the read. I have used a product for several years which contains both chromium gtf and ALA, as a result of having been dianosed as diabetic years ago. Refer to my longer response below. ALA is beneficial to our health in so many ways.

  • Melanie Jarman

    You can buy ALA in Walmart or order from Swanson Vitamins for less than $10.00.

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