Can Lipoic Acid Help M.S.?

Lipoic Acid is an antioxident that’s been used in Germany to treat some diabetes symptoms; including numbness, pain and burning of legs and arms.  Do those symptoms lipoic acidsound familiar?  Similar to some of our Multiple Sclerosis symptoms, right?

A small study led by Rebecca Spain, MD, MSPH,  from the VA Portland Healthcare System and Oregon Health and Science University looked at using Lipoic Acid as an inexpensive M.S. therapy. The results were encouraging.  MRIs showed a reduction in brain atrophy in patients who took 1200 mg of Lipoic Acid each day for two years.  Investigators report these patients also showed a trend toward increased walking speed and a decrease in the number of falls.

The study, presented at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, only involved 51 patients, so larger studies of Lipoic Acid’s use as an M.S. treatment are still needed.



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