Alpha lipoic acid. Definition

Medical Definition: alpha lipoic acid

A substance being studied for its ability to protect normal cells from chemotherapy side effects and prevent peripheral neuropathy (numbness, tingling, burning and weakness in hands or feet). Alpha lipoic acid is produced by the body and can be found in foods such as organ meats, spinach, broccoli, peas, Brussels sprouts and rice bran. May also occur in the laboratory. Alpha lipoic acid is a type of antioxidant and chemopreventive.

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