People who suffer from peripheral neuropathy, which is a form of nerve damage to their extremities (hands and feet), often look for alternative treatment options to relieve their symptoms. This is because conventional medication often comes with significant side effects. Furthermore, it often takes a long time to find the right kind of medication or vitamins and get the dosage right.
Alternative treatments are becoming increasingly common in people who suffer from peripheral neuropathy. The techniques that are available are still being researched and very few conclusions have been drawn. However, it is undeniable that many people have been able to find relief through these types of treatments.
One that is proving to be particularly popular is Stabalized Alpha Lipoic Acid in the supplement Nerve Renew. While not yet common in this country, it has been used in various European countries for many years, particularly in Germany. It should be noted that ALA can also have side effects, including lowering blood sugar level, leading to skin rashes, and causing stomach upsets, as well as interacting with other drugs. Because neuropathy is often caused by diabetes, it is particularly important to not use alpha lipoic acid without speaking to a physician first.
100% stabilized R-ALA (R-Alpha Lipoic Acid) is believed to provide significant relief from the pain caused by peripheral neuropathy. It is a very strong antioxidant that is water soluble and very fast acting. What researchers know about it is that it helps to improve the way cell ‘transporters’ operate in the body. These transporters are responsible for the distribution of glucose in the body. Additionally, it has been proven to be one of the few substances that is able to cross the barrier between blood and brain, meaning that it can target the areas where it is needed with easy. Additionally, the antioxidant is unique in that it is able to regenerate not just itself, but also other antioxidants, including B vitamins in Nerve Renew. A vitamin B deficiency is a very common cause of peripheral neuropathy.
There have now been quite a significant amount of studies that have shown that alpha lipoic acid works, and that R-ALA is particularly potent. This is because it directly affects the nerves, thereby lowering the symptoms of pain and numbness that people with neuropathy commonly experience. Additionally, it helps the cells to breakdown glucose.
R-ALA is now commonly described as a ‘super antioxidant’ due to its ability to regenerate in the body. It fights free radical damage, which is believe to be at the heart of neuropathy. However, the FDA has not yet been able to establish a daily value rating.
Significant pieces of research have taken place into the role of alpha lipoic acid. It has been found to be beneficial in the treatment of neuropathy, and may even prevent it. Studies have also shown that the antioxidant helps to lower levels of blood sugar. This is one of the reasons why it may be particularly beneficial for diabetic neuropathy patients. They often suffer from numbness, tingling, itching, burning, and pain. Additionally, some researchers have now suggested that it may even improve the body’s insulin sensitivity.
In Germany, alpha lipoic acid has already been used for many years in patients who have been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy. In most cases, however, the substance is provided intravenously. Very few studies have been performed into the efficiency of ALA if taken orally in Nerve Renew. However, since it has been shown to be able to cross the blood/brain barrier, it is reasonable to assume that it has benefits. One small scale German study did show that symptoms were reduced compared to a group of people who took a placebo.
Additionally, there is a suggestion that ALA helps to treat autonomic neuropathy, which is also very common in diabetics. This condition means that the internal organs’ nerves become affected. One study, in which 73 cardiac autonomic neuropathy sufferers took part, showed that those who took 800 mg of the acid as an oral solution enjoyed a marked improvement compared to the placebo control group.
A new supplement that contains 100% stabilized R-ALA as one of the ingredients has recently been released, which is Nerve Renew by Neuropathy Treatment Group. This is a unique formula that contains clinically proven levels of R-ALA, as well as other ingredients. Those who have tried it have been very positive about the results, and a number of physicians now recommend it to their patients because it is natural, effective, and much more affordable than prescription medication.