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Amazing Metabolic Substance Brings Eye Help

Amazing Metabolic Substance Brings Eye Help

Saturday, January 1st 2005

Improves Diabetic Health

Alpha lipoic acid was first discovered in 1937. Alpha lipoic acid increases the antioxidant levels of glutathione in the body. This in particular protects the eyes against cataracts and may help reduce the risk of cataracts in the elderly.

The sugar regulating property of alpha lipoic acid has made it a successful treatment for diabetes in Europe for over 30 years. It also reduces nerve pain and damage and improves nerve function.

Nerve damage affects 60-70 percent of those with diabetes. People with diabetic neuropathy are five times more likely to die early than diabetics with healthy nervous systems. This is because nerve damage leads to heart disease, poor wound healing, infection, impotency and numbness of the limbs. Nerve damage can lead to lower limb amputation, often starting with one toe and gradually leading to amputation of the whole of the lower leg.

Alpha lipoic acid is a truly spectacular antioxidant. It neutralizes free radicals, is absorbed easily and rapidly utilized. It helps chelate the toxic pollutants we take in from our environment. Because it has the capacity to protect both water and fat (lipid) based substances, it helps to recycle used vitamin C and E so that they can continue to give their antioxidant support to the body. Nerve damage in diabetic's can lead to many severe complications.

The good news is that alpha lipoic acid shows promise for stopping and possibly reversing nerve damage. Well known biochemist Richard Passwater, PhD writes, "In as little as three weeks there is a significant reduction in pain and numbness with no adverse effects using 600mg per day."

The peripheral nervous system gains support when alpha lipoic acid is taken with Pantothenic acid, one of the B vitamins and available as Radiance Vitamin B5 500mg.

Radiance AlphaProtect has 250mg of Alpha Lipoic Acid in a vegetarian capsule.

Reproduced unabridged from the January - March 2005 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following products are all useful for optimal eyesight:

AstaSupreme Advanced Eye Care
Bilberry Standardised
Blackcurrant Capsules
Carotenoid Complex
Eyebright Herb
Eye Health Pack
Eye Focus
Ginkgo 9,000+
Perfect Eyes with Lutein
Super Carotene
Vision Defence

Related health information can be found here:

Antioxidants
Bilberry to assist with eye problems
Cataracts
Circulatory Problems
Diabetes
Energy
Eye Health
Headache
Heart Problems
Nerves
Rheumatism

Related articles can be found here:

Are You Afraid To Drive At Night?
Bilberry - a major antioxidant for the brain and eyes
Ginkgo Biloba - quality process for world leader
Healthy eye & brain development for babies

If you need help or advice, you are welcome to email our naturopathic team with your health question.

Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.

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