What About Alpha Lipoic Acid for Cholesterol?

By on March 31, 2009
alpha lipoic acid for cholesterol

A new study entitled Lipid Lowering Effect of Antioxidant Alpha-Lipoic Acid in Experimental Atherosclerosis published in the Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics claims to be the first to discover that a common supplement, Alpha Lipoic Acid, lowers cholesterol levels. Alpha lipoic acid is an easily found antioxidant, that not only prevents the oxidation of fats in the body, but is involved in the energy production processes in the body as well. It’s interesting that they seem to think that this is a novel idea that no one has ever thought of before when there are PLENTY of studies that have already shown this, such as:

Along with Alpha Lipoic Acid for Cholesterol, known as ALA, many other beneficial effects were noted such as a reduction in already formed plaques in the heart and the aorta as well as liver protective effects and a lowering of blood sugars in diabetics. In none of these studies was there a mention of any Side Effects from the ALA for cholesterol!

So, why is it that doctors constantly prescribe dangerous ‘statin’ drugs to lower cholesterol when there are perfectly safe and natural alternatives to these drugs? Some of these Natural Cholesterol Lowering Agents are:

  • Exercise
  • A Mediterranean Diet
  • Red Yeast Rice
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids

So the next time that you are in the doctor’s office and you are prescribed a cholesterol lowering statin drug, you may want to ask your doctor about possible alternatives to these dangerous drugs, such as Alpha Lipoic Acid for cholesterol. Unfortunately, most doctors will know little to nothing about this natural substance, and will be far more likely to give you a prescription for a statin drug. And the Statin Drug Side Effects can be dangerous, frightening, and even disabling. As part of your doctor’s job, he is required to inform you of the risks, benefits and alternatives of any drug that he prescribes you. However, the sad fact is that your doctor may not even KNOW about the potential dangerous effects of the statin drugs that he is prescribing and may not even know of any alternatives, such as Alpha Lipoic Acid Supplements for cholesterol. So it is  up to you to be informed of your alternatives and take action about your own health.

About Kerri Knox, RN

The author is a Registered Nurse and Functional Medicine Practitioner. With 20 years of experience in health care, she has the unique perspective of being solidly grounded in both Conventional Medicine and Alternative Medicine. She can help you to to find and repair the underlying causes of chronic illness, while empowering you to take charge of your own health. She is the owner and author of this blog and website.

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