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Alpha-lipoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid

A positive interaction on the carrageenan inflammatory response in rats

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These studies were designed to assess the pharmacodynamic interaction between alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in controlling the inflammatory response induced by carrageenan in the rat. Particularly, the activity of ALA (100 mg/kg per os) and DHA (200 mg/kg per os), given alone or in combination, was evaluated by paw oedema method.

The results of the present study clearly indicate that the new formulation containing ALA plus DHA, in a range of 2:1, had significantly greater effect than either DHA or ALA alone in antagonizing carrageenan-induced inflammatory response.

These results indicate that ALA plus DHA induce a favourable pharmacodynamic interaction which can be considered to be synergistic, at least in these experimental settings.

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Rossoni, G., Stankov, B.M. Alpha-lipoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid. Nutrafoods 9, 21–25 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03223338

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  • Docosahexaenoic Acid
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Lipoic Acid
  • Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid