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Alpha Lipoic Acid

Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) treats back pain naturally: Research


If you suffer from chronic lower back pain, there is hope beyond a life of just taking pharmaceutical painkillers all the time to cope with the agony. The all-natural antioxidant compound alpha lipoic acid, also known as ALA, has been shown in a limited subset of trials to help alleviate certain types of chronic lower back pain and restore quality of life, all without causing harmful side effects.

Alpha Lipoic Acid: The Ideal Antioxidant

By Jarrow Formulas

What Is Alpha Lipoic Acid?

Also known as thioctic acid, alpha lipoic acid is an antioxidant and a cofactor in the body's production of energy. It has vitamin-like roles in the body. Alpha lipoic acid is a cofactor in the multienzyme complex that catalyzes the last stage of the process called glycolysis. Glycolysis is the first step in converting blood sugar (glucose), which is obtained from carbohydrates and proteins, into energy in a form that the body can use.