Platinum Naturals

July 31, 2009 07:00 ET

Alpha Lipoic Acid Reduces Diabetes Complications

RICHMOND HILL, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 31, 2009) - According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, diabetes is the world's 4th leading cause of death and is increasing daily, affecting an estimated 246 million people globally. A series of studies, conducted from 2003-2008 suggest that supplementing with Alpha Lipoic Acid can help diabetics decrease the progression of disease-related symptoms and complications such as neurological and cognitive function, reduce cholesterol, and assist in the prevention of cataracts. Diabetes is associated with a reduction in antioxidant defenses, which leads to oxidative stress and is, in part, responsible for these complications.

One 2007 study used Alpha Lipoic Acid in doses of 600 mg, 1200 mg and 1800 mg per day in individuals with symptoms of diabetic polyneuropathy (a disorder of peripheral nerves). All three Alpha Lipoic Acid dosages were effective in reducing symptoms after a five-week period.

"Alpha lipoic acid is a co-factor in aerobic metabolism and may enhance the body's ability to use glucose more efficiently thereby reducing some of the potential harmful effects seen in diabetic patients" says Peter Karner, RHN and Education Director for Platinum Naturals. Alpha Lipoic Acid is a powerful antioxidant, protecting cells against the effects of free radicals, which damage cells. People with diabetes are at a higher risk.

Platinum Natural's activ-x multivitamin is a good source of Alpha Lipoic Acid as well as a blend of vitamins, adaptogens and other antioxidants. One issue with many natural supplements is the amount a person has to take to gain an effect, because of poor absorbency of the ingredients in pills and capsules. Platinum Naturals, a Canadian supplement manufacturer, claims to maximize the absorption of its products by emulsifying them in omega oils within a soft gel capsule. This nutrient delivery system, called Omega Suspension Technology (OST)® won the 2005 Leonardo da Vinci Award for Innovation and Creativity.

About Platinum Naturals

Platinum Naturals is a Richmond Hill-based natural supplements company that produces a wide range of high quality supplements. Platinum Natural products contain no flavours, fillers or dyes and are made of the highest-quality ingredients. Omega Suspension Technology (OST) significantly improves the body's ability to absorb nutrients and enhance their efficacy.

If you'd like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Peter Karner RHN, please call Liliana Begg at 905 731 8097 x 311 or e-mail Liliana at

Tang J, Wingerchuck DM, Crum BA, et al. Alpha-lipoic acid may improve symptomatic diabetic pluneuropathy. Neurologist. 2007 May;13(3): 164-167.

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