Nutrition: Healing the Nerves from the Inside Out
We use nutritional supplements to increase our success rate in the treatment of Peripheral Neuropathy. We have been very gratified by the addition of this modality in the treatment of our patients. Approximately 70% of our patients that begin nutritional supplements, which actually help the nerves repair and regenerate, are able to discontinue their prescription medications. Some of the supplements we recommend include: L-Arginine, Benfotiamine, Magnesium, Acetyl-L-Carnitine and Alpha Lipoic Acid. We base our use of these supplements on clinical studies that have shown widespread success and nerve regeneration.
We recommend that you keep your sugar down: This is the 500 pound gorilla. If you don’t keep your sugar controlled nothing else seems to help. Your goal is below 150 and preferably below 120.
This supplement has been shown in studies to improve nerve density, nerve conduction, vibration perception and significantly decreased pain scores inpatients. It also helps nerve fiber regeneration in the skin.
This is a bio-available form of thiamine. Thiamine is a vitamin critical in nerve metabolism. Patients with diabetes have as significant increase in urinary excretion of thiamine. In relatively large studies patients who took this supplement experience significant decrease in their diabetic neuropathy symptoms in less than a month. Also, increases in nerve function were noted in these patients.
Alpha lipoic acid
The supplement also shows a significant increase in nerve function and decreased pain when taken appropriately.
This supplement when used in association with some of the other supplements has also shown a significant improvement in nerve function, nerve conduction studies and pain decreases.
A critical element in pain pathways. Many people have low magnesium.
Helps microcirculation in the nerves.
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