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It's been purported that R-Alpha Lipoic Acid (R-ALA) can significantly lower & stabilize blood sugar in diabetics. ( I do not take insulin.) I started to take 500 mg, a half hour before meals and I started to feel very tired; I thought the R-ALA was causing hypoglycemia; upon eating something sweet, my energy came back. Has anybody had such an experience with the R-ALA?
You can try taking a blood glucose reading before and after meals while dosing on R-alpha lipoic acid, to see if it's causing the hypo. Interesting discovery, I must say. Thanks!
Dr. Burt Berkson, who uses ALA as a main component of his therapy, always insists that his patients eat something before ALA because it can cause hypoglycemia. He starts at a low dose specifically to monitor the hypoglycemic response. It floods the body with oxygen which uses up sugar.
There is a lot of medical research that shows 1200 to 1800 mg per day of alpha lipoic acid stabilizes blood sugar but cautions that if you are already on insulin, you must check your readings often as you will probably have to decrease your insulin as the ALA stabilizes your body. There are many wonderful effects from ALA…decreased blood pressure, decreased joint pain, significant decrease in neuropathy pain, a wonderful sense of well being (lessens or eliminates depression), among others. I have been on it for three weeks and no longer take BP meds and have just finished weaning off my thyroid meds. I check my blood sugar once a day and it has decreased…was told I was pre diabetic…and I haven't felt the need for an anti depressant in over two weeks. I take a specific brand that is 300 mg and is sustained release. since starting this supplement, along with some others, I feel better than I have in years? Good luck.
Melatonin has been shown in multiple studies to help with blood sugar and related issues among many other health benefits. Melatonin has a very good safety profile and is naturally produced by the human body. Production of melatonin appears to decline with age. Here is an abstract that briefly discusses some of the blood sugar related benefits of melatonin:
Here is a study that describes a dose schedule that was used in a positive human study of melatonin for liver issues:
I think they used a dose of 5mg at 9:00 am and 5mg at 9:00 pm, but I have seen other studies where significantly more melatonin was used such as this one where a total of 70mg was given each day for at least 9 months:
N acetyl cysteine (NAC) is another common supplement that has also shown benefit for hyperglycemia and its related complications and again with a fairly good safety profile. Both of these supplements are protective of multiple areas of the human body and are readilly available online or in vitamin stores in the states and might be worth considering as an addition to your doctors treatment plan if your doctor approves them for your husband.
Best wishes. Art
Ted mentioned tungsten for diabetes/sugar. does anyone know where it can be purchased. i have searched the internet to no avail. thanks.
I have been taking about 2000mg of vitamin c in the morning and evening. the problems I have had with my feet has all but disappeared. I have had numbing or tingling in my feet. I do not know if this is from physical injuries too them or from type 2 diabetes or both but I feel the Vitamin C has helped alkaline my system.