Nerve pain/ neuropathy is a damage of nerves that develops in people mostly with diabetes or as a result of chemotherapy side effects.
Signs and symptoms include:
- Tingling and pain in affected body parts.
- Digestion and sexual problems.
- Sensitivity to even light touch.
- Severe throbbing and burning sensations.
- Loss of feeling
Though neuropathy can be developed in body’s any part but most of the patients pain in hands and feet.
Although, lifestyle modifications and conventional treatments are helpful in managing and relieving the symptoms, supplements are also being useful in alleviating this condition.
Here, we’ll discuss the vitamins and supplements for nerve pain which may be helpful in decreasing the nerve pain, preventing or reversing it from occurring.
Acetyl-l-carnitine (ALC) in patients with diabetic or chemotherapy neuropathy helps in improving nerve function.
ALC is famous for treating various conditions and is produced by kidneys and liver. Some studies show that ALC produces promising results in controlling pain and enhancing nerve functions in neuropathic patients.
- B-complex vitamins
B-6, B-12 or B-complex vitamins also reduces neuropathy associated pain and symptoms. B-complex vitamins are vital for maintaining nerve health, sensory perception and metabolism. Folate (vitamin B-9) and vitamin B-1 are also helpful in managing neuropathy.
- Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA)
ALA reduces the nerve damage by decreasing the free radical injury and synergizes the antioxidant’s effects. ALA produces relief from nerve pain within a few weeks.
Few studies show that ALA is also beneficial in inflammatory processes and blood flow.
According to Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy, magnesium can be useful in chemotherapy-related neuropathy. People having high levels of magnesium are less likely to develop nerve damage. Nuts, legumes, avocados and dark chocolates are rich in magnesium.
Calcium may also help in alleviating chemotherapy-related neuropathy symptoms.
Glutamine, the most abundant amino acid in a body, is helpful in decreasing inflammation, muscular pain, nerve pain and many side effects of chemotherapy.
Glutathione, a naturally produced antioxidant, can be helpful in treating diabetic neuropathy, chemotherapy-related neuropathy, and neuropathy of unknown origin.
- N-acetyl cysteine
N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) is helpful in controlling inflammation and nerve damage, produces promising results in the prevention and treatment of neuropathy. It is also used for managing some neurological disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
In some people, neuropathy develops due to deficiency of some vitamins while supplements may help to lessen or reverse the symptoms.If you suspect that you have a nutrient deficiency, consult a doctor or a nutrition expert to check the levels and suggest which supplement should be taken.