It’s been two months since I started using R-Alpha Lipoic Acid or R-ALA. About a week ago I was sorting my weekly supply of vitamins and natural supplements and noticed I could read the labels on the bottles with my glasses. In the recent past I had to use a magnifying glass or glasses to read the labels. I had to use the magnifying glass while wearing my glasses.
Oddly enough my recent vision diagnosis was due to old age and not diabetes. A specialist diagnosed me with aged-related macular degeneration (AMD). He prescribed a lutein supplement to halt the spread of the disease. However, both the specialist and my eye doctor told me my eyes would only correct to 20/30. In the past the eyes were correctible to 20/10. I never thought I would have to use a magnifying glass to read labels on bottles or recipes in small print.
I’d taken billberry for several years. Many people have reported success with this blueberry like supplement. It stopped the floaters I’d developed in my eyes within a month after I started taking it. Bilberry is diabetic friendly. It doesn’t lower blood sugar but it promotes healthier arteries and blood vessels thus improving circulation.
On the other hand, R-ALA lowers my blood sugar. I don’t know if this will work for everyone, but 100 milligrams twice a day works for me. If I wake up in the morning with a glucose reading between 150-170, a 100 mg R-ALA capsule will help lower my blood sugar within an hour. If I add a 400 mg eucommia capsule my blood sugar is 110-120 within an hour.
Until I discovered R-ALA eucommia was the most effective for lowering my blood sugar. However, too much eucommia can cause diarrhea or mild stomach upset. I usually take a 400 mg capsule at night because my highest reading of the day is when I wake up.
The bad news for me is the combination has extended the range and amount of food I can eat. This has led to increased calories and a recent return to my milkshake diet and heavier workout program.
Was my vision improved with Alpha-Lipoic Acid? I started using it after the doctor prescribed the lutein supplement and it was the only change I made in my supplement schedule. The change was dramatic. I’m certain it lowers my blood sugar and may work for others. As reported in previous posts experiments have shown R-ALA effective for diabetic neuropathy.