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Alpha Lipoic Acid

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 03, 2011 at 2:44 AM

I recently started taking Natrol 200mg Alpha Lipoic Acid in the morning after I have heard that is can be beneficial in those with open angle glaucoma.. I noticed that the "pulsing" headaches I would get above the eye from the increase pressure in the eye is gone even if I don't use my Travatan Z beta blocker drops.

One of the other things I noticed which is what the question is about.. does ALA have any properties that clears "mental fog"..? I found myself recalling things from my childhood that I haven't in forever.. it seems that I feel more "lively".

Any input?

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on February 24, 2013
at 09:47 PM

You said you were taking Biotin along with ALA but still had hair loss? How much Biotin were you taking?

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on September 05, 2011
at 03:39 PM

I haven't heard this. Maybe I whould stop my ALA for a while and see if my symptoms improve.

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on September 04, 2011
at 05:38 PM

I take biotin with ALA too. AFAIK the potential biotin shortage concern is from a single rat study.

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on September 04, 2011
at 04:56 PM

Are you low carb?

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on September 04, 2011
at 03:45 PM

sorry, this was not realy an answer I should perhaps start a new thread.

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on April 14, 2011
at 05:47 PM

see the book, page 285

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on April 02, 2011
at 01:40 AM

is this from a podcast or a blog post? do you know which episode?

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on February 03, 2011
at 05:13 AM

I take two of these every morning with my coffee. The feeling is tough to beat.

http://www.vitacost.com/NSI-Alpha-Lipoic-Acid-Acetyl-L-Carnitine-HCl-1600-mg-per-serving-240-Capsules

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on February 03, 2011
at 03:41 AM

Robb Wolf recommends ALA, dinis. He says if you take it first thing in the morning, it does clear the mental fog.

He also says to take N-acetyl-L carnitine (NAC) with it. He says NAC can reduce some signs of aging and dementia. He suggests 600- 1,200 mg of NAC and 1,00-2,000 mg of ALA.

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on April 02, 2011
at 01:40 AM

is this from a podcast or a blog post? do you know which episode?

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on April 14, 2011
at 05:47 PM

see the book, page 285

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on September 04, 2011
at 05:05 PM

I've heard that it helps with heavy metal detoxing, another thing that in turn may help with mental clarity. This probably wouldn't explain immediately felt effects, however.

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on September 04, 2011
at 03:43 PM

I read recently that taking too much(not sure what amount that would be) ALA can cause hypothyroid issues. It was on thei Mayo Clinic site and there was not much detail. It did make me think about how felt when I was taking about 600mg per day. I was moody and had low energy. Didn't have my thyroid checked at the time but these symptoms went away when I stopped taking it.

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on September 04, 2011
at 03:45 PM

sorry, this was not realy an answer I should perhaps start a new thread.

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on September 05, 2011
at 03:39 PM

I haven't heard this. Maybe I whould stop my ALA for a while and see if my symptoms improve.

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on February 03, 2011
at 03:20 PM

My understanding is ALA increases the need for biotin. To help with control of blood sugar, I was taking 600 mg RALA/day for about a year. The brand I was taking was supposed to also contain biotin in the needed quantities. In addition I would also take some additional biotin just for good measure. I stopped taking it when I noticed that my hair was coming out in gobs and I started noticing considerable hair thinning in the area of my forehead and bangs. Really scared me. My hair has grown back but since then I am hesitant to take any supplements - just always eat a varied very low carb diet. And who really knows what is in some of these supplements and where they come from.

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on September 04, 2011
at 05:38 PM

I take biotin with ALA too. AFAIK the potential biotin shortage concern is from a single rat study.

D33a8d5f095a8532ddf7a0d6c27bfe63

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on February 24, 2013
at 09:47 PM

You said you were taking Biotin along with ALA but still had hair loss? How much Biotin were you taking?

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on February 03, 2011
at 04:29 AM

I'm more familiar with it for Ketosis (it lowers blood sugar so you go into Ketosis faster). Not so much so with glaucoma/mental fog. I know it crosses the blood/brain barrier and is a big anti-oxidant. There's some promising stuff in re. strokes with it (increasing survivability). Perhaps the mental fog thing is related.

By the way, from my recollection for Ketosis, there's 2 types of ALA's. R ALA and S ALA. In regular ALA supplements, it's roughly 50/50 contentwise. The R ALA is the beneficial one, the S ALA isn't. So it's better to get specific R ALA only supplements. Whether that applies for your glaucoma, I don't know.

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on September 04, 2011
at 04:42 PM

Most people take ALA for 2 reasons. To improve neuropathy, usually from diabetes. And for blood sugar contro: ALA acts as an insulin mimetic, much the way Chromium Picolinate is. However, the problem is that both require pretty heavy doses to be effective and studies which found improvements involved taking massive doses. I take 600mg of ALA for both purposes.

I'm not aware of ALA acting like Ginko Biloba. Turmeric and coconut oil are the ones that have more claims attached for improving memory or preventing Alzheimers. But it's intriguing that you can recover things from your long-term memory by taking ALA.

If you take ALA, you also want some Biotin by a measure of 100 to 1. So if you take 600mg of ALA, then you want 6mg of Biotin. Supposed to deplete Biotin by competing for the same enzymes.

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