Hi Everyone, I have been doing a lot of reading on this forum about ALA and opinions seem to be divided as to wether or not it should be used. For example some posts point to some members having used ALA as part of their daily supplement routine for years with perceived positive results. Other members however warn heavily against the use of ALA as per Cutler Protocol. This has left me feeling somewhat confused. My nutritionist has advised me to add ALA to my supplements. This has led to my research. It would be great to hear from everyone currently taking ALA/ R-ALA and what their personal experiences are? To my knowledge I have no amalgam fillings, these were all replaced about 10 years ago at my insistence. I don't think they were removed that safely tho.... Also just thought i'd include my research below for information. I understand that there are 4/5 types of ALA as follows (please correct me if I am wrong): 1. Generic ALA racemic mixture made of stereoisomers of R-ALA and S-ALA. This type leads to 50% efficacy and there are even studies which suggest that the S-ALA isomer may actually block the absorption of the R-ALA isomer. That said this is the version most medical studies have been based on (incl diabetes and neuropathy). The therapeutic doses for both are 600mg and 1,800 mg respectively in divided doses. It is also cheap, readily available and much more stable that standard non-stabilized R-ALA. 2. R-ALA which consists solely of the R-ALA isomer, which the body recognises and can use. At least twice as efficient as Generic ALA, however very unstable at high temperatures and easily polymerizes under certain conditions which impacts absorption and leads to un-desirable effects within the body. The manufacturing process for R-ALA can also leave undesirable constituent by-products. 3. Stabilized R-ALA (Na-R-ALA) is R-ALA stabilized during manufacturing as a Sodium Salt. This makes it more water soluble, free flowing but most importantly increases the stability of the R-ALA within the body. 4. There is also an equivalent Potassium salt version of stabilized R-ALA (K-R-ALA). 5. Finally there is a third type of stabilized R-ALA known as R-Dihydrolipoic acid which is fat soluble and has a longer half life.