Alpha Lipoic Acid in Cancer Treatment
Alpha lipoic acid or ALA is an antioxidant that recycles vitamin C, promotes aerobic cellular metabolism and regenerates cells by repairing and making new healthy cells.
It is an organic compound that the body produces naturally, specifically inside the mitochondria aka the powerhouse of the cell. Alpha lipoic acid is both water-soluble and fat-soluble so it can work in all cells or tissues of the body.
It works to help enzymes as they turn nutrients into energy. The human body only produces small amounts of alpha lipoic acid so in many cases, it can be ingested through dietary supplements to maximize its health benefits.
Food items rich in alpha lipoic acid include broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, and green peas.
Alpha Lipoic Acid Benefits
Research has shown that alpha lipoic acid can support weight loss goals by reducing the activity of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK). This enzyme in the brain’s hypothalamus can increase hunger pangs when active. Conversely, suppressing AMPK activity may increase calories burned by the body at rest.
Alpha lipoic acid can also aid in diabetes treatment. Studies found that it “may reduce insulin resistance and lower fasting blood glucose and HbA1c levels.” It helps lower blood sugar by enhancing processes that remove accumulated fat in muscle cells which make insulin less effective. It can also help manage diabetes complications such as nerve damage and diabetic retinopathy.
Further research how shown that, when applied as a cream, it has the potential to reduce the signs of skin aging particularly fine lines, wrinkles and skin roughness. Its antioxidant properties also help protect the skin against the harmful effects of UV radiation.
Among older adults, alpha lipoic acid is believed to help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by fighting off free radicals and suppressing inflammation. It also promotes healthy nerve function particularly in slowing down the progression of carpal tunnel syndrome, improving post-carpal tunnel surgery recovery outcomes and easing diabetic neuropathy symptoms.
ALA was also found to be beneficial in reducing chronic inflammation and lowering heart disease risk factors. In addition to its antioxidant characteristics, it can help improve endothelial dysfunction—a condition wherein the blood vessels are unable to dilate properly.
Alpha Lipoic Acid And Cancer
A 2005 study found that alpha lipoic acid expanded the mitochondrial respiration in cancer cells inside the colon. Cancer cells “possess mitochondrial dysfunction” and are unable to produce oxygen through aerobic respiration. Alpha lipoic acid has been shown to increase the production of oxygen inside cancer cells, ignite the mechanism for genetic apoptosis and eliminate the mutated cells.
Alpha lipoic acid can also help prevent the spread of metastatic cancers by “creating a reduction in the action of certain key enzymes used to penetrate tissues by tumors.” It inhibits the growth of new blood vessels that supply cancer cells. As a powerful antioxidant, it helps protect the cells against free radicals that are inevitably created during conventional cancer treatments like chemotherapy.
ALA makes antioxidants more readily available to cells and helps minimize the cellular damage caused by radiation treatments. It also promotes factors that contribute to the destruction of cancer cells.
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Qing Hao (Herba Artemisiae annuae), a Chinese herbal medicine, has an ingredient known as Artemisinin which is also known as Artesunate. Artesunate is found to be effective for cancer treatment.