I wanted to address this issue because ALA is a very common supplement and it has a few actions within the body related to metal detox that can be very dangerous to your health if not fully understood.
It can also be extremely healing if used correctly!
ALA is present in a lot of multi vitamins, so you might be getting it without realizing it. Many of my clients are also taking this supplement in isolation incorrectly for brain health and longevity.
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is a mercury-chelating antioxidant. Never take large doses of any chelating agents, including Alpha Lipoic Acid, unless you are aware of the potential side effects of redistribution (explained below) and you know how to take care of yourself should this occur. If you take ALA and start to feel fatigue, headaches, “burning brain”, rash, etc., stop taking ALA immediately!
What Is Alpha Lipoic Acid?
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is a chelating antioxidant. This means that it will bind with certain reactive heavy metals that it comes into contact with in your body.
In particular, ALA has an affinity to mercury. In other words, it has an especially strong “magnetic pull” to mercury. It will attach itself to mercury found in your body and brain.
It’s important to know that your body has stored away these reactive metals into remote places, like fatty brain tissue, bone, muscles, fat, organs that aren’t urgently “essential” for survival. This protects you from the damaging effects of these heavy metals.
When the mercury and other reactive metals are actively bound by ALA, the resulting compound is recognized as a neutral toxin that can be safely eliminated via your kidneys. It travels back into your bloodstream from wherever the ALA “found” the metal and bound to it, and your body is able to filter it out of your blood through your kidneys and eventually your urine.
This is why and how ALA is used to chelate heavy metals, especially mercury. Many people do not realize that ALA can do this. They are only taking it for longevity or for other reasons.
The big HOWEVER comes now:
ALA has a half life of 3-4 hours in human blood.
This means that half of the ALA you took has dissolved within 3 hours, and thus, is no longer strong enough to bind the mercury.
At the three hour point, half of the mercury that it has been pulled out of your body “storage” and was bound by ALA, is then dropped into your bloodstream, for your body to deal with. No ALA left in sight to bind to it.
This is called redistribution and it is extremely dangerous and damaging.
Redistribution can cause your all of the same symptoms of mercury poisoning, all over again. There is a solution that I spoke about in the video. Keep reading…
Summary Of Alpha Lipoic’s Role In Detoxing Heavy Metals:
- Alpha Lipoic Acid is a chelator of heavy metals, and in particular, mercury.
- Alpha Lipoic Acid can cross into the blood-brain barrier, and into cell membranes.
- Alpha Lipoic Acid has a half-life of 3-4 hours – half of it disintegrates in 3-4 hours.
So, that means…
- When you take ALA, it will bind to mercury and other heavy metals in your body, and pull them into the bloodstream.
- ALA will bind to heavy metals that are in your brain, and in your cells, being stored away by your body for protection. It will bring them into your blood for excretion.
- Half of the ALA in your body will disintegrate within 3-4 hours of taking it. This means that the mercury or heavy metals that it was holding onto are now left free, to roam about your body. This is called redistribution. it is dangerous, damaging and painful.
How Do You Know If You Are Toxic With Mercury Or Heavy Metals?
You may have metal toxicity if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Hormone Imbalance
- Brain Fog
- Memory Problems
- Nuerological Issues
- Food Allergies or Sensitivities
- Inflammation / Pain
- Impaired Detoxification or DNA Tests Showing Detox Pathway Dysfunction
- WORSENING SYMPTOMS AFTER LARGE DOSES OF CHELATING AGENTS LIKE ALA
Frequent Low Dose Chelation (FLDC) For Heavy Metals
Frequent Low Dose Chelation is the method for chelating heavy metals that I refer to in the video.
I want to stress that most health practitioners either
1) Do not know how to chelate a patient properly and safely, or
2) Do not recommend chelation at all because they don’t prioritize the consequences of heavy metals on hormone and detox pathways.
And of those who do think chelation is important, don’t know about Frequent Low Dose Chelation, which is the only way to safely detoxify heavy metals and the only safe way to administer Alpha Lipoic Acid whether it is being taken for chelation or otherwise.
Frequent Low Dose Chelation Is A Safer Way To Take ALA:
- You start with very low doses of chelators so that you don’t shock/damage your body by pulling too many heavy metals out into the bloodstream at once.
- You take the dosage around the clock, keeping an adequate blood level of chelator, to avoid redistribution of heavy metals.
- You take days off from chelating to allow your body to rest and replenish minerals.
I recommend that you learn more about FLDC by following the yahoo group: Frequent Low Dose Chelation. You’ll need a yahoo account for that. This is an extremely helpful group and very informative. I have learned so much about what heavy metals do in the body from them.
You can also learn more by reading the book Amalgam Illness, but it is very technical and hard to read. It also recommends tons of supplements and tests that I have found aren’t exactly necessary if you make sure to clean up your diet and eat according to the Take Back Your Health™ nutrition plan first.
Dr. Andrew Cutler has been interviewed many times and you can find these by googling his name.
There are also several facebook groups for Andrew Cutler’s Frequent Low Dose Chelation protocol. I’ll let you find them by searching his name and “Frequent Low Dose Chelation” on Facebook, as I don’t have any particular favorites and there are too many to list.
If You Have Amalgam Fillings
You should not under any circumstances take ALA if you currently have amalgam filling still in your mouth, or had them removed within the last three months. If you do take ALA despite these instances, you may experience exaggerated symptoms of mercury toxicity.
So What Should You Do If You’re Currently Taking ALA?
If you have amalgam fillings, you recently had them removed, you have heavy metal toxicity symptoms, or you have chronic illness, you probably shouldn’t take ALA unless you are already eating according to the Take Back Your Health™ lifestyle and you are ready to chelate mercury with ALA using the FLDC method explained above.
If you want to learn more about FLDC, read Amalgam Illness by Dr. Andrew Cutler and join the Frequent Low Dose Chelation group before starting chelation.
Alpha Lipoic Acid may not be worth the risk even if you are not sure if you are toxic with mercury. That is for you to decide.
If you take ALA and start to feel fatigue, headaches, burning head, rash, etc., stop taking ALA immediately!
If you don’t have any heavy metals toxicity symptoms described above in this post, and you don’t feel worse when taking ALA, you might be clean from heavy metals (rare these days!) In this case, use your discretion and be safe.
That was a lot of technical information. I hope it helps!
Leave your questions in the comments below and I’ll try to find answers and direct you to more information!
Keep taking back your health,