Patients with peripheral neuropathy symptoms must practice caution when managing underlying symptoms by conferring with their doctors. One nerve damage treatment strategy to discuss with a doctor is vitamin supplementation to support a formal treatment plan.
Vitamins known for treating symptoms of peripheral neuropathy may be found in certain high-protein foods such as meat, poultry, fish, and eggs. Meat is a staple of almost every meal eaten by my extended family. This is the primary way that my mother-in-law, who has familial amyloid polyneuropathy, gets her daily doses of B vitamins. However, not everyone can obtain enough vitamins in their diet, so supplements may be necessary. Again, discuss these matters with your doctor.
Here are some vitamins known for helping treat peripheral neuropathy symptoms.
Omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and might help patients repair damaged nerves and relieve muscle stiffness. Some foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids include sardines, salmon, walnuts, flaxseeds, and oysters. A 2017 study found that fish oil (which contains omega-3) may potentially slow the progression of peripheral neuropathy and possibly stimulate the growth of neurons.
B vitamins such as B1, B6, and B12 are known for supporting the healthy function of the central nervous system. Vitamin B6 is known for helping to maintain the cover of the body’s nerve endings. B6 doses should not exceed more than 200 milligrams as high dosages may cause nerve damage and neuropathy symptoms. Vitamin B12 deficiency may cause permanent nerve damage if left untreated. This deficiency is also one of the causes of peripheral neuropathy. B vitamins may be found in foods such as meat, fish, poultry, eggs, vegetables, and certain cereals.
Acetyl-L-carnitine is an amino acid with antioxidant properties found in foods such as dairy, meat, fish, and poultry. This amino acid is known for creating healthy nerve cells and reducing neuropathic pain.
Curcumin, found in the cooking spice turmeric, is known for its antioxidant, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory characteristics. Taken either in supplement form or as a mix of 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder combined with ¼ teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper, curcumin may help relieve peripheral neuropathy symptoms in the hands and feet. A 2013 study found that curcumin may be especially helpful when taken regularly during the early stages of peripheral neuropathy.
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