Alpha Lipoic Acid IV
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is a compound naturally produced in all cells of the body and is also found in a variety of foods. ALA is well known as a powerful antioxidant, which helps protect the body from the harm caused by free radicals. Free radicals are naturally formed from metabolism, however, unhealthy diets, exposure to environmental toxins, pollution, smoking and other unhealthy lifestyle choices, increase the amount of free radicals found in the body. If left unchecked by antioxidants, free radicals can wreak havoc on cellular structures.
In addition to the antioxidant properties of ALA, the compound also functions in energy production, increasing the production of glutathione and enhancing the performance of other antioxidants. ALA is both fat and water soluble, which unlike other antioxidants, allows it to work in every cell or tissue of the body.
Despite the fact that ALA is produced naturally in cells, only a small amount is produced. A healthy body produces all the ALA it needs, however, a body in a diseased state or a body subjected to other free radical damage, would require more ALA to benefit from its antioxidant abilities. Additional ALA can be introduced into the body via oral supplementation or IV therapy.
ALA IV therapy infuses ALA directly into the vein, thereby bypassing the intestines. An important fact to note is that this allows an infusion of a higher concentrations of ALA then would otherwise be possible from oral supplementation. This is a result of the absorption limitations of the digestive system.
What can ALA IV treat?
ALA has been known to help with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy, Glaucoma, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), HIV, Hepatitis C, and Heavy Metal Exposure. ALA has also been used for treating cancer, which we administer based upon referrals from naturopathic oncologists. We even recommend ALA IVs for general wellness and liver support during cleanses.
Do you need ALA IV therapy?
Here at Verde Valley Naturopathic, we take a holistic approach to treating patients. Contact us for an appointment with one of our highly-skilled physicians to discuss your treatment options. Your doctor will do a thorough exam and medical intact to determine your best options and perhaps, ALA IV therapy just may be one of them.