Alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant that is made naturally in the body. It serves vital functions at the cellular level, such as energy production. The aim of this study was to explore the effect of alpha-lipoic acid on gestational diabetes. To this end, 60 women with gestational diabetes were divided into a supplementation group (30 women) and a placebo group (30 women). Women in the supplementation group received 100 mg/day of alpha-lipoic acid for 8 weeks. Several parameters, including fasting blood sugar levels and levels of liver enzymes indicating liver damage, were measured before and after the intervention period. Fasting blood sugar levels and liver enzymes significantly decreased in the supplementation group compared to the placebo group. In conclusion, this study showed that supplementation with 100 mg/day of alpha-lipoic acid had beneficial effects on sugar metabolism and liver function in women with gestational diabetes mellitus. More details can be found in the study.
Aslfalah, Jamilian, Rafiei, Khosrowbeygi