Benefits for Alzheimer's - Alzheimer's Disease and Alpha Lipoic Acid
By: Bruce Brightman - Founder - LifeSource Vitamins
Alzheimer's disease is a progressive neurological disorder that destroys
cells in the brain. It is the leading cause of dementia, a condition that
involves gradual memory loss, decline in the ability to perform routine
tasks, disorientation, difficulty in learning, loss of language skills,
impairment of judgment, and personality changes. The rate of progression of
Alzheimer's varies from person to person.
Alzheimer's Disease and Alpha Lipoic Acid
Excessive free radicals within our bodies cause a condition known as
"oxidative stress". Oxidative stress and energy depletion are
characteristic biochemical hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease (AD), thus
antioxidants with positive effects on glucose metabolism such as thiotic
(alpha-lipoic) acid should exert positive effects in Alzheimer's patients.
Due to this, a study was conducted in which 600 mg alpha-lipoic acid was
given daily to nine Alzheimer's patients with Alzheimer's disease and
related dementias in an open study over an observation period of, on
average, 337+/-80 days. The treatment led to a stabilization of cognitive
functions in the Alzheimer's study group, demonstrated by constant scores
in two neuropsychological tests.
Despite the fact that this study was small and not randomized, this is the
first indication that treatment with alpha-lipoic acid might be a
successful 'neuroprotective' therapy option for Alzheimer's Disease and
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