Ralapure R Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) - The Network Antioxidant:
Normally once an antioxidant has eliminated a free radical, it is lost forever. Lipoic acid is the only antioxidant with the unique ability to regenerate/recycle itself, and other antioxidants such as vitamins C & E, so that they can continue destroying free radicals.
This is why RALA is known as a network antioxidant. But, is all Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) the same?
Ralapure R Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) Benefits:
Of particular interest for those with diabetes, Alpha Lipoic Acid speeds the removal of glucose (sugar) from the blood. Those suffering from HIV or AIDS can be encouraged by recent studies suggesting that ALA bolsters the antioxidant defenses in HIV-positive people. Test results have caused excitement regarding Alzheimer's & Alpha Lipoic Acid. Results of a small test showed ALA treatment led to a stabilization of cognitive functions in the Alzheimer's study group.
Causes & Effects of Burning Mouth Syndrome:
Burning Mouth Syndrome (B.M.S.) is characterized by a burning sensation in the tongue or other oral sites. Affected patients often present with multiple oral complaints, including burning, metallic or bitter, dry mouth, and taste alterations. Typically, patients awaken without pain but note increasing symptoms through the day and into the evening.
Who gets burning mouth?
Most patients who develop burning mouth syndrome are post menopausal women. We usually see about ten women for every man that has burning mouth syndrome. Interestingly, men develop this condition, on the average, about fifteen years earlier than women. This does seem to be a relatively common problem which is seen all over the world. For example, in Holland, patients with burning mouth syndrome have formed a support group. This seems to be a condition which affects people of all races and all socioeconomic backgrounds.
What causes burning mouth?
Burning mouth syndrome has features of a neuropathy and could be related to the production of the toxic free radicals that are released in stress situations. RAlpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant able to increase the levels of intracellular glutathione and eliminate free radicals. This study aimed to examine the effectiveness of Ralpha-lipoic acid in the therapy of BMS.
Benefits for Neuropathy: One of the most common complications of diabetes is diabetic neuropathy. The high blood sugar levels in diabetics can cause damage to the arteries that supply the nerves with blood and often damage to the sheath protecting the nerves. This results in numbness, pins and needles, burning sensation and pain.
Diabetic Neuropathy and Alpha Lipoic Acid:
Though many studies had been conducted overseas using RALA to treat diabetic patients, the Mayo Clinic recently conducted a study with a Russian medical center to test RALA's ability to help specifically with diabetic neuropathy. Half of the patients received five treatments a week consisting of 600 mg of alpha lipoic acid in intravenous form, while the others got a placebo. In just 2 1/2 weeks, the alpha lipoic acid patients reported -- and the researchers noted in examinations -- dramatic improvements in symptoms, including a six-point drop in pain levels on a 10-point scale. "But it didn't act only as a pain medication," says researcher and Mayo Clinic neurologist Peter Dyck, MD. "Alpha lipoic acid seems to actually change the metabolism of the nerve or blood supply to the nerve, and we noted some relief in symptoms."
His study, reported in the March issue of Diabetes Care, involved 120 patients with the most common form of diabetic neuropathy, which causes pain, numbness, and a burning sensation and often leads to foot problems.Recently, Dr. Dan Ziegler and Dr. F. Arnold Gries at Heinrich Heine University in Dusselfdorf had more exciting news to report about lipoic acid. They found that treatment with lipoic acid actually stimulated the regeneration of nerve fibers in diabetics. In less than three weeks of treatments, patients taking 600mg of lipoic acid daily experienced a significant reduction in pain and numbness associated with neuropathy.+
Benefits for Diabetes
Diabetes Mellitus is a group of chronic diseases associated with abnormally high levels of sugar in the blood. Glucose (sugar) builds up in the bloodstream as a result of the body's inability to produce insulin (which regulates blood/sugar levels) or the inability of insulin in the body to control sugar levels.
Diabetics suffer from many symptoms and complications. These include, but are not limited to; neurological, vascular, kidney and visual problems. Neuropathy is also a very common chronic problem for diabetics.
Diabetes and Alpha Lipoic Acid:
For well over 30 years physicians in Germany have been clinically treating Diabetics with ALA. Studies worldwide have shown ALA's ability to normalize glucose uptake and utilization. In one study, ALA was even shown to prevent diabetes in 70% of the animals tested. In another study type II diabetics were given 500mg of ALA daily and in 10 days saw a 30% increase in insulin stimulated glucose disposal.(2) *
Nerve damage or neuropathy affects over 50% of diabetics and is one of its most damaging complications. A study published in "Diabetes Care" has shown that supplementing with RALA can partly restore diabetic nerve function after only four months of high-dose oral treatment.(1)*
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