I was browsing the net looking for help with peripheral neuropathy, and I found a few interesting articles, including one study that showed Alpha Lipoic Acid to help. I went to my doctor and asked about it. She said I wasn’t ready at first, and I do not know what her reasoning was, but she’s on top of things so I let it go. When I asked again, she said it was okay if I took a really small dose. Then I upped the dose a couple weeks later. I cannot honestly say this supplement has been useful in treating PN, however, I have been diagnosed with an ALA deficiency, which is noteworthy considering the relationship between PN and ALA. Are you more susceptible to PN if you are ALA deficient? Or has FQ toxicity caused my ALA deficiency? The jury is still out. Regardless, there is a lot of talk about ALA in the FQ community, so I’m publishing this page in an attempt to shed some light on the appeal of ALA for FQ sufferers.
A word of caution: If you research ALA and decide to try it, talk with a doctor who REALLY knows what they are doing and who has a comprehensive understanding of ALA and how much you can safely take. If taken improperly, it can be dangerous,especially to the delicate system of a floxy. And another thing, make sure you buy the highest quality you have access to, as in pharmaceutical grade. Do a lot of research about the doctor, the manufacturer and the regulatory standards they are using. Generally speaking, the stuff on the shelf at the market is not the best and may have a lot of garbage in it, as well as waste your money.
When you start looking into Alpha Lipoic Acid you may come across R Lipoic Acid. Are they the same? Not exactly. Alpha Lipoic Acid, is usually a 50/50 blend between R-Lipoic (natural) and S-Lipoic (synthetic) acid, and from what I understand, it is the R-lipoic acid that is most helpful. Thorne Industries makes both forms, which is what I use. You should do your own research, but these articles are a good place to start:
This first article was found on a website called Advanced Health and Life Extension, and just to be clear, I am not familiar with any of their products. Here is an excerpt:
“What is R Alpha Lipoic Acid and Alpha Lipoic Acid?
Alpha Lipoic acid is a natural substance found in certain foods and also produced in the human body. Alpha Lipoic acid is a disulfide compound found naturally in mitochondria as the coenzyme for pyruvate dehydrogenase and a-ketoglutarate dehydrogenase…
R Alpha Lipoic Acid as an Antioxidant
R Alpha Lipoic acid is regarded by many as the supreme antioxidant. R-Lipoic acid is unique in that it functions as both a fat and water-soluble antioxidant that can easily cross cell membranes. Thus, it can confer free radical protection to both interior and exterior cellular structures…