Although studies are still sparse, there is some evidence that alpha lipoic acid may have at least two positive benefits for individuals with type 2 diabetes. A few studies have suggested that alpha-lipoic acid supplements may enhance the body’s ability to use its own insulin to lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. ALA may help reduce the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy — nerve damage that can be caused by diabetes.
Adding antioxidant supplements, particularly alpha lipoic acid, to calcium and vitamin D seems to increase bone mineral density more than calcium and vitamin D alone, according to a group of Italian researchers investigating alpha lipoic acid benefits. A recent study published in Clinical and Experimental Obstetrics and Gynecology and the study abstract can be read here.