Do not take ALA (alpha-lipoic acid) for migraines- at least for now.

Do not take ALA (alpha-lipoic acid) for migraines- at least for now.

Alpha-Lipoic Acid or ALA is most commonly known for its use in patients with diabetic neuropathy.

In the most recent study evaluating ALA for migraines, it was found that "no significant changes were observed for NO levels and duration of migraine pains."

Moreover, ALA was found to reduce the lifespan of mice.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22785389/

Healthy mice treated long-term with ALA developed hepatic steatosis and liver injury. The effect of long-term ALA supplementation in humans is currently unknown and, therefore, it is possible that similar negative effects could be observed.

With the risk of shortening lifespan and causing injury, ALA is just not worth the risk especially with limited to no benefit. 
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