Easing Symptoms of Fibromyalgia with Alpha Lipoic Acid

Antioxidants such as alpha lipoic acid may help relieve fibromyalgia symptoms.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic, painful condition that mainly affects middle-aged women. In addition to diffuse pain, fibromyalgia also causes symptoms of fatigue, depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbances. How can alpha lipoic acid help? (iii.140)

Researchers suggest that alpha lipoic acid can help relieve nerve pain associated with fibromyalgia. In fact, in clinical studies alpha lipoic acid performed much better than placebo in reducing nerve pain. (iii.87140)

Animal studies indicate that antioxidants may also help reduce painful symptoms by reducing oxidative stress in the brain. This oxidative stress is also linked to other symptoms of fibromyalgia, including depression. (iii.141)