Alpha Lipoic Acid and the Liver

Drs. Burton Berkson, Fred Bartter and Julian Whitaker all believe that alpha lipoic acid or ALA is a phenomenal water and fat soluble antioxidant that neutralizes harmful free radicals and is a superb choice to repair damage done from liver disease.

Can the liver be regenerated if you have liver disease?

Drs. Burton Berkson, Fred Bartter and Julian Whitaker all believe that alpha lipoic acid or ALA is a phenomenal water and fat soluble antioxidant that neutralizes harmful free radicals.  They also believe that it is a superb choice to repair damage done from liver disease.

What are free radicals anyways?

Free radicals are atoms with an unpaired number of electrons. The damage they do reacts with important cellular components such as DNA and cell membranes. Cells die when there is this interaction and that is why we need antioxidants.

These experts say that ALA is a mitochondrial powerhouse and it has the ability to neutralize these toxins, chelate heavy metals and protect against DNA damage.  Not only is it a force against liver damage say the experts, but diabetes, cancer, neuropathy, hepatitis, and aging as well. ALA also increases levels of vitamin E, vitamin C, coenzyme Q10 and glutathione.

What makes alpha lipoic acid special?

It has the ability to function even after it has given up an electron.  For those of us who are not science geeks, this is a big deal.  Antioxidants usually donate their electrons to stabilize free radicals.  Most antioxidants, however, can only do that once and then they are done.  Not true for ALA.  ALA becomes even more potent after giving up their electron and it can also regenerate the spent antioxidants such as vitamin E and increases levels of glutathione and coenzyme Q10.

So the story goes…

In 1977, John and Eunice were admitted to the hospital in Cleveland, OH with acute liver failure after ingesting poisonous amanita mushrooms.  After Dr. Berkson administered ALA intravenously to these patients, the ALA stimulated rapid liver regeneration within two weeks and they were discharged!  Recovering from eating poisonous mushrooms was virtually unheard of before this case was documented.

According to Dr. Julian Whitaker,  the “triple therapy” for liver disease consists of alpha lipoic acid 600 mg, silymarin (milk thistle extract) 900 mg, and selenium 400 mcg, taken daily in divided doses.

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[This article is used by permission from Home Remedies For Mom]

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