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The Universal Anti-Oxidant

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound which works to alleviate pain, protect the brain, decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease, help with weight loss, improve diabetes, fight cancer, and assist in the treatment of several other health conditions. ALA has such exceptional therapeutic capabilities due to its unique molecular structure which allows it to act as both a fat-soluble and water-soluble antioxidant. This rare characteristic enables ALA to carry out its powerful antioxidant mechanisms in more areas of the body and allows it to easily cross the blood-brain barrier. A supplemental antioxidant that is able to cross the blood-brain barrier, in order to reduce inflammation and clear toxins in the brain, is extremely valuable in the treatment of many health conditions. Another interesting quality of ALA supplementation is its ability to rapidly regenerate supplies of vitamin C and glutathione in the body. So, ALA is able to increase levels of other important antioxidants while being an antioxidant itself.  All of the aforementioned abilities have led many to refer to ALA as "The Universal Antioxidant”.

High dose intravenous supplementation of ALA has been shown to prevent healthy cell damage and at the same time induce cell death in cancerous cells. In Europe, ALA is licensed for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy. It is also extremely beneficial in the treatment of chemotherapy induced neuropathy. The reason for this is its ability to improve the function and condition of neurons. If a patient is suffering from symptoms of brain toxicity, inflammation, or other cognitive issues high dose ALA is recommended due to its remarkable abilities to improve memory, reduce brain damage, reverse cognitive dysfunction, and protect the brain from neurodegeneration.

Therapeutic Benefits of ALA

✓ Removes toxic metals from the body

✓ Beneficial for the skin

✓ Fights cancer

✓ Hypothyroidism

✓ Neuropathy

✓ Lyme Disease

✓ Prevents bone loss

✓ May help with high risk pregnancies

✓ Improves Sperm Quality

✓ Helps with ulcers and IBD

✓ Helps with weight loss

✓ Powerful Antioxidant

✓ Decreases inflammation

✓ Prevents and improves diabetes

✓ Promotes muscle regeneration

✓ Combats Metabolic syndrome

✓ Helps lowers blood pressure

✓ Protects the brain

✓ Helps with Multiple Sclerosis

✓ Prevents Migraines

✓ Alleviates pain


Methods of Administration

Alpha Lipoic Acid can either be taken orally or through intravenous therapy. When supplementing orally the only form that is well absorbed is the ‘R’ form, “R-ALA”. Although this oral supplement is slightly more expensive than the more common, ‘S’ form, of ALA it has been shown to be 10 times more effective at raising ALA levels in the body. Dosages of between 600-1800 mg may be taken orally per day. Doses at the higher end of this range can cause stomach upset in some patients.

This being said many of the studied benefits of ALA are only associated with high dose intravenous therapy.  Depending on the patient’s needs, both oral and intravenous administration of ALA is commonly recommended in order to achieve therapeutic levels in the body. When quicker and more dramatic results are desired intravenous supplementation is the gold standard of ALA treatment. ALA is a very important therapeutic supplement due to its unique brain-barrier crossing, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory effects.


If you are interested in learning whether IV ALA Therapy may be right for you please contact one of our medical staff to book a free consultation. We are dedicated to educating our patients and only recommend specific treatments when we firmly believe they are the right course of action for improving patient health and wellbeing. If we do not deem that IV ALA Therapy is appropriate for your case we will let you know. Our main concern is doing everything within our means to help you find your healthiest self.



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