Before I start today’s blog, I need to show you a few things.
A battery connected to a bulb; I’m sure you’ve all done this at some time. The current travels along the wire and the bulb lights. Did you know the plastic covering around the wire is there to protect it and ensure the current travels along the wire without interruption? Without that covering, the connection will soon fail, it will touch another uncovered wire or something else that will stop the current travelling to the bulb, and the bulb will no longer work.
Here is a picture of a Nerve Cell, and our bodies work by sending messages along the billions of Nerve Cells we have in our bodies. As you can see, the Nerve Cell has a covering. That covering is there to protect the nerve cell and ensuring that signals travel uninterrupted along them. If that covering is damaged, that signal will fail, and the critical message travelling along it will not get to where it should go!
Studies show that damage to the Nerve Cell covering, called Myelin, is why we may feel pain.
I have pain in my right arm, hand and down my leg and below my foot. This is a sharp, hot type of pain that comes and goes. I also get spasms and cramps in my right leg. Then there is the acute pin, stabbing pain in my eye and face, into my mouth, and then that dull terrible toothache type pain.
I’ve assumed that this was related to the Neuralgic Amyothrophy I was diagnosed with. However, there seems to be an area of study that suggests the pain may be related to a deterioration of the Myelin covering; remember that covering around the Nerve Cells that helps protect the messages travelling along?
An array of research into the causes of the breakdown and deterioration of the Myelin is underway. The one I’m most interested in at the moment because I can try it for myself is Vitamin Deficiency. A vitamin type substance called Alpha Lipoic Acid has been related to this deterioration. It is thought that a daily supplement of 600mg of Alpha Lipoic Acid could significantly help alleviate the pain I’m experiencing continually.
Now, if you didn’t already know, I’m not a big fan of taking anything unnatural.
Alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant that’s in many foods, and it’s made naturally in our bodies. For many years, high doses of alpha-lipoic acid supplements have been used in parts of Europe for certain types of nerve damage. Studies suggest that they might also help with type 2 diabetes.
Many foods contain alpha-lipoic acid in very low amounts. They include spinach, broccoli, yams, potatoes, yeast, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, carrots, beets, and rice bran. Red meat — and particularly organ meat — is also a source of alpha-lipoic acid.
Because alpha-lipoic acid is an unproven treatment, there is no established dose. However, studies have used between 600-1,800 milligrams daily for diabetes and neuropathy; one review concluded that the evidence is convincing for the use of 600 milligrams daily for three weeks.
So, I’ve ordered my 600mg tablets, and I’ll let you know how I get on.
In the meantime, I would love to hear from anyone that has already tried Alpha-Lipoic Acid?
To conclude, Alpha-Lipoic Acid has many other possible benefits that are worth looking into. Still, my most considerable interest is that it may play a significant part in protecting the brain cells and, of course, by doing so, help beat Dementia!
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