Alpha-lipoic acid, also known as ALA and lipoic acid, is a compound made by the body and found in all human cells. It acts as a powerful antioxidant to reduce damage from free radicals.
ALA may help lower blood sugar by enhancing glucose transport and utilization. In a randomized and controlled trial of 74 patients with type 2 diabetes, researchers found that oral supplementation of alpha-lipoic acid can improve insulin sensitivity.1
Another study on participants with type 2 diabetes found that ALA increases glucose disposal from the blood by augmenting the actions of insulin.2
Researchers also reported a significant decrease in fasting blood sugar in a third study on type 2 diabetics receiving alpha-lipoic acid supplementation.3
Peripheral insulin sensitivity has also been shown to improve as a result if ALA supplementation.4
Alpha-lipoic acid may help lower blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics.
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