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Indoor Mold Toxins And Nutrients: Part 2
Alpha-Lipoic Acid

This nutrient helps Vitamin C and E work better at catching damaging free radicals that fly out from the furnaces of the cell. It also increases glutathione that is a major liver detox chemical to remove all kinds of junk--from smoke to chemicals. It has been suggested it has many other useful body functions in the eyes, in controlling blood sugar and in artery health. It also seems to help some tissues with insufficient oxygen. Side effects are not common, but can include some nausea and a lower blood sugar.

Lipoic acid as a potential first agent for protection from mycotoxins and treatment of mycotoxicosis.

Mycotoxins--toxic substances produced by fungi or molds--are ubiquitous in the environment and are capable of damaging multiple biochemical mechanisms, resulting in a variety of human symptoms referred to collectively as "mycotoxicosis." In fact, mycotoxins mimic multiple xenobiotics, not only with respect to their ultimate damage, but also in their routes of detoxification. This suggests potential therapeutic options for the challenging treatment of mycotoxicosis. In this brief review, the author examines the use of lipoic acid as an example of an inexpensive and available nutrient that has been shown to protect against, or reverse, the adverse health effects of mycotoxins.

Rogers SA. Arch Environ Health. 2003 Aug;58(8):528-32.

No claim of specific cures and disease treatment can be drawn from this material. The FDA forbids specific health claims about nutrients. Dr. Schaller neither supports nor opposes the material above.

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