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Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is a powerful antioxidant that works with the mitochondria — the body’s energy powerhouses — to boost metabolism, prevent inflammation, eliminate toxins, and reverse some of the oxidant (free radical) damage related to aging. Our bodies naturally synthesize this compound, but only in small amounts. ALA is found naturally occurring in some foods such as red meat, spinach, broccoli, yams, carrots, beets, potatoes, and yeast. An IV infusion of alpha-lipoic acid can give your body the nutrients it needs to stay well, and for you to feel better.


As an antioxidant, alpha-lipoic acid has many wellness benefits, including its ability to protect the body’s cells against free radicals, which are unstable molecules that naturally occur in our body that can damage proteins, DNA, and cell membranes. Just a few of the benefits of an alpha-lipoic acid IV infusion may include:

· Restoration of other antioxidant levels

· Reversal of oxidant damage associated with aging

· Eliminates unwanted toxins

· Reduction in blood sugar levels

· Symptom improvement in diabetic peripheral neuropathy

· Slow cell damage caused by free radicals

· Heavy metal eliminator

· May slow dementia or cognitive decline

· May slow or stop cancer cell growth

· Fights systemic inflammation which is a major contributor to metabolic disorders like heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes.

The antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid is found in every cell of the human body. Antioxidants are compounds that inhibit cellular oxidation, a process that produces free radicals that can damage cells and undermine their function. It is sometimes referred to as the “universal antioxidant” because it supports other antioxidants like vitamins C and E, and glutathione. Alpha-lipoic acid is classified as a phospholipid, meaning it is both water and fat-soluble.

Also, alpha-lipoic acid enhances your cell’s ability to use glucose to protect energy, and can assist in weight loss. Greater energy expenditure tips the scales in your favor as you burn more fuel, helping you reduce fat stores and increasing your metabolism.

Your physician may not be educated or versed in nutraceutical infusions such as alpha-lipoic acid, so please contact Integrative Medicine of Central New York to schedule your initial consultation to see if alpha-lipoic acid or other IV infusions could be helpful for you.

Dr. Puc and her associate Jennifer Kohler have been trained in integrative medicine and are knowledgeable and aware of nutraceutical infusions including alpha-lipoic acid. Contact our office for more information at (315) 741-5774.


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