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Alpha lipoic acid for a long time.

Discussion in 'General Treatment' started by nsdn, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. nsdn

    nsdn

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    Hi.

    I take alpha lipoic acid for a long time. 1,200 mg / day.

    I know it's a mercury chelating substance. That is very good.

    Can long-term use cause any mineral to be at dangerous levels?

    Is there any other danger?

    Thank you!
     
  2. nsdn

    nsdn

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    Up!
     
  3. Eastman

    Eastman Senior Member

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    According to this study, alpha lipoic acid may affect iron levels.

    Apart from minerals, it has also been suggested that alpha lipoic acid may lower vitamin B1 levels.
     
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  4. Learner1

    Learner1 Forum Support Assistant

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    Alpha lipoic acid can remove toxins sequestered in mitochondria, like this picture of arsenic (the black stuff) stored in mitochondria thst a researcher gave me:
    arsenic in mitochondria.png

    Conversely, it can also help toxins that hsve been mobilized be stored in mitochondria. So, it's wise to have the necessary steps in place to be fully escorted out of the body, or one runs the risk of moving something bad from a more benign place, let's say your belly fat, into your brain, etc.

    I've been on a special form of ALA for 2 years. It has pulled arsenic and lead, measured by blood tests before and after, out of my body. At first, I was severely fatigued, but as the toxins came out, I became more energized by its other properties.

    ALA is an important antioxidant, as it alone is able to recycle both water and fat soluble antioxidants. A good read on the antioxidant network is "The Antioxidant Miracle," by Lester Packet, who ran the world's foremost antioxidant lab at UC Berkeley for many years. This is a good topic to know about as a hallmark of ME/CFS, according to the top ME/CFS clinicians is oxidative stress. And beyond ALA, producing and recycling glutathione is important, too.

    I've also been told ALA can oppose biotin, so if one is on high doses of ALA, it might be wise to supplement biotin, which some ME/CFS patients are depleted in, or at least monitor biotin levels.
     

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  5. caledonia

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    According to Andy Cutler, if you have mercury and take ALA once a day, for example, it will cause mercury redistribution and you may feel worse.

    The correct way to dose ALA is within its half life, which is about every 3 hours including at night. You would do "rounds" which means three days of dosing with ALA, then four rest days for your body to recover.

    This has been true in my case.

    If you don't have mercury and you took ALA, you shouldn't notice anything either good or bad.

    If you want to test yourself to make sure, go to my signature link and look for the section on Cutler chelation for the correct hair test and how to get it interpreted. The test costs $85, so it's not very expensive.
     
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    @Learner1 just as an aside, once when i went for an MRI there were notices on the wall that if patient is taking polymva they should inform the staff. do you know why that would be?
     
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