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    Published on December 24, 2016


Alpha-Lipoic Acid Supplements For Diabetes Patients

Diabetic patients face vitamin and nutrient deficiency due to frequent urination. Previous studies show taking multivitamin tablets each day acts as the first line of defense against a number of infections. Diabetes patients are


So prevention from the infections is key for diabetes patients. To protect against infections, diabetes patients need to take supplementary multivitamins that balance nutrient deficiencies. A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine says the incidence of infection is lower in those diabetes patients who take supplementary multivitamin tablets compared with those who didn't. According to Debra Spector MS, RD, CDN, a Dietitian-Nutritionist serving Nassau and Suffolk counties says diabetes patients should take dietary multivitamin supplements containing Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA) along with other important vitamins and nutrients.




       
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Alpha-Lipoic acid : This is an antioxidant and also known as thioctic acid. A healthy body produces Alpha-Lipoic acid. Alpha-Lipoic acid helps in energy production function of body cells which turn glucose (or sugar) into energy. Helps us in improving aerobic metabolism of the body. Alpha-Lipoic acid is easy to absorb as it is soluble in both water and fat. But studies show eating foods containing Alpha-Lipoic acid did not raise significant Alpha-Lipoic acid levels in the body. There is a number of foods that can provide us chemical like Alpha-Lipoic acid in small amounts. Some of the foods containing Alpha-Lipoic acid are

  • Yeast used in bake bread
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Potatoes
  • Yams
  • Peas
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Rice Bran
  • Liver
  • Red meat
  • Organ meat

Some benefits of Alpha-Lipoic acid are

  • They improve insulin resistance. Studies show Alpha-Lipoic acid improves insulin functionality in the body. Improving insulin functionality lowers blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes (T2D) patients
  • Studies show Alpha-Lipoic acid lowers incidence of nerve damage (due to diabetes) complications such as glaucoma, cataract, retina and Wilson's disease
  • Alpha-Lipoic acid is an antioxidant and protects damage to body cells. Cell damage is the root cause of cancer , diabetes and heart disease
  • Helps in restoring vitamin E and vitamin C levels in the body
  • Helps body in digesting carbohydrate molecules and converting them into energy
  • Helps in removing toxic metals such as iron , arsenic, mercury and other forms of free radicals
  • Helps in increasing performance of glutathione, an antioxidant. Glutathione helps us in physical performance
  • Helps in reducing prickling, burning, pain and numbness symptoms in legs and feet
  • Improves neurons behavior in diabetes patients
  • Helpful in some liver diseases
  • Helps in wound healing
  • Helps in weight loss in obese individuals
  • Fight against infections and diseases

Rare side effects with the consumption of Alpha-Lipoic acid is

  • Skin Rashes
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea
  • Low levels of blood sugar
  • Fatigue

Supplements should be taken on empty stomach for better absorption in the body and our body can absorb about 30 to 40 percent of Alpha-Lipoic acid supplement. Studies unable to recommend dosage but an individual should try to take 20 to 50 mg of Alpha-Lipoic acid supplements daily.

Infection : Infection is a disease caused due to

  • Bacteria : TB, urinary tract infections and strep throat infections caused due to bacteria.
  • Viruses : Causes number of diseases from common cold to AIDS
  • Fungi : Causes skin diseases. Some fungi may affect lungs and nervous systems
  • Parasites : Causes Malaria and are transmitted by mosquito bite and animal feces

Some infection symptoms are

  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Muscle pains

Tests to diagnose infection diseases are

  • Blood tests
  • Urine tests
  • Throat swabs
  • Stool sample tests
  • Spinal tap

Studies show eating following may prevent infection diseases

 

 

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