Do you know the best vitamins to support healthy nerves? These vitamins not only help keep your nervous system healthy, they may also alleviate a painful condition known as “neuropathy”.
In this article, we use the word “vitamins” broadly to include nutrients such as amino acids and antioxidants.
Some of these vitamins are available as supplements, others are present in certain vegetables, fruits, and natural foods.
Continue reading to learn how these vitamins may reduce symptoms of neuropathy and prevent it from occurring.
Make sure you stay through to number 1, as this nutrient is not well known among the best vitamins for your nerves.
Remember, this information is educational, we are not giving you medical advice, and you should always check with your doctor if you plan to supplement along with your medication.
With this disclaimer out of the way, do you know what neuropathy means?
The word neuropathy refers to nerve damage, which results in a feeling of numbness, tingling or “pins and needles”, muscle weakness and pain in the affected areas.
For some people the feeling may be in their hands or feet, others feel it on their head, face, and even internal organs.
Neuropathy is often called peripheral neuropathy, as it indicates a problem in the peripheral nervous system, which is the network of nerves outside your brain and spinal cord.
Neuropathy happens when nerve cells, called neurons, are damaged or destroyed.
The resulting pain can be long-lasting, sharp, and sometimes chronic. In many cases, people feel limited in their ability to move and function, so it can be incredibly debilitating.
There are a lot of reasons why people get this condition.
Some of the most common ones include injury to nerves from accidents or toxins like alcohol and drugs;
- infections such as Shingles or HIV/AIDS;
- metabolic syndrome (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, kidney disease),
- and inheritance disorders. In many cases, the cause is idiopathic, which means that doctors can’t figure out what caused it.
Did you know that neuropathy is more common than you might think?
It is estimated that about 25% to 30% of Americans will be affected by neuropathy.
Even though there are medications out there to treat some neuropathies, these can have side effects.
So, changing your diet can be an effective way to battle neuropathy.
Let’s begin with our Number 11.
That is a mouthful, isn’t it? When you consume this amino acid, your body gets energized, as you are giving it fuel for metabolic processes.
Some studies have shown that Acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC) may significantly reduce pain and help injured nerves regrow in people with peripheral and diabetic neuropathy.
ALC can be taken as a supplement, but you can also find it in fish, meat, poultry, and dairy products.
For better effect, you can take 3 grams of ALC a day. Studies have found that this supplement is safe, but should not be consumed if you are on blood thinners.
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