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Top supplements for foot neuropathy

Foot Neuropathy is a disorder that affects the nerves and usually affects diabetics and chemotherapy patients as a side effect. Pain, numbness, and weakness are common symptoms of foot neuropathy and typically involve the legs and feet. Other areas and body functions, such as digestion, urine, and circulation, may also be impacted. 


Supplements may also aid and can play a significant role in treating the symptoms of foot neuropathy, especially nerve pain, even though lifestyle changes and traditional treatments may lessen their severity. Supplements for the diet may ease diabetic neuropathy symptoms, but additional research is required. Before using a dietary supplement, consult your physician. Some may prevent some diabetes medications from working, while others may cause kidney problems. Here are the top supplements for foot neuropathy that you should consider when you are diagnosed with this disease:

  • B VITAMINS FOR FOOT NEUROPATHY

A vitamin B shortage can often lead to foot neuropathy, and since B vitamins promote normal nervous system function, they help treat foot neuropathy. Vitamin B1 (thiamine and benfotiamine), B6, and B12 supplements are recommended. You can decide to take these on their own rather than as a B complex. 

Benfotiamine is similar to vitamin B1, sometimes referred to as thiamine. It is believed to reduce levels of pain and inflammation and shield cells from harm. Peripheral neuropathy can result from a vitamin B12 shortage, for example. It can permanently harm nerves if left untreated. However, you must take no more than 200 milligrams of B6 daily. B-12 is an additional beneficial vitamin for neuropathy. Lack of vitamin B-12 may increase a person's chance of developing neuropathy and other neurological issues. 

The effectiveness of vitamin B-12 supplementation in the treatment of diabetic neuropathy is unknown. A decrease in pain and other unusual sensations has been observed in specific fair trials. It hasn't been demonstrated that using vitamin B-12 supplements for diabetic neuropathy helps those who do not have a vitamin B-12 deficiency. 

A vitamin B-12 supplement is generally considered safe when taken as recommended. You can get vitamin-fortified breakfast cereals, lean red meat, and seafood from natural sources of vitamin B-12.

  • ALPHA-LIPOIC ACID FOR FOOT NEUROPATHY 

Several foods contain the antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid. The body can use antioxidants to stop or slow down a tissue-damaging process (oxidative stress). The progression of diabetic neuropathy includes oxidative stress. It has also been demonstrated that alpha-lipoic acid lowers blood sugar levels. 

According to some research, individuals with diabetic neuropathy experienced less pain, performed better on tests of nerve function, and had changes in their other signs and symptoms. We need more extensive studies. 

When taken as directed, alpha-lipoic acid supplements are usually regarded as safe. Alpha-lipoic toxicity, however, could happen if you take this supplement while you have severe thiamin (vitamin B-1) deficit. Strong drinkers should not use alpha-lipoic acid. Alpha-lipoic acid can be found naturally in foods such as spinach, broccoli, and yeast.

  • ACETYL-L-CARNITINE FOR FOOT NEUROPATHY

Acetyl-L-carnitine is a molecule that the liver and kidneys naturally manufacture. Oxidative stress can be decreased using acetyl-L-carnitine. It is thought to play a role in the regeneration and operation of nerve cells. 

When taken as recommended, acetyl-L-carnitine supplements are usually regarded as safe. Among the adverse effects are agitation, nausea, and vomiting. 

The use of acetyl-L-carnitine increases the effects of the blood-thinning medicine warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven) and may raise the risk of bleeding. Acetyl-L-carnitine may exacerbate hypothyroidism and a history of seizures in patients with these diseases. Acetyl-L-Carnitine can be found in meat, fish, poultry, and dairy products.

  • N-ACETYL CYSTEINE (NAC) FOR FOOT NEUROPATHY

Antioxidant and amino acid N-Acetyl-Cysteine is used to relieve inflammation and nerve discomfort. It has been shown to lessen nerve damage, enhance motor coordination, and lessen neuropathic pain. It can be consumed as a supplement because it is not naturally present in meals.

  • CURCUMIN 

Turmeric contains a substance called curcumin, which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and pain-relieving effects. It might aid in relieving tingling and numbness in your hands and feet. 

You can take one teaspoon of turmeric powder with 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper three times a day to get the same amount of curcumin, a potent antioxidant in turmeric and anti-inflammatory and analgesic qualities. Curcumin has been demonstrated to stop chronic pain brought on by foot neuropathy when taken early. It has also been shown to lessen inflammation and pain. It can be consumed as a dietary supplement or added as a herbal garnish to some cuisines.

  • FISH OIL

Fish oil has anti-inflammatory properties and helps heal damaged nerves. According to research, fish oil can sometimes stop the progression of foot neuropathy and even make it go away. It also encourages the development of neurons. Salmon, sardines, mackerel, cod liver oil, herring, oysters, anchovies, and caviar are some foods that naturally contain fish oil. Fish oil can also be consumed as a supplement. Omega-3 fatty acids are also present in walnuts, canola oil, chia seeds, flaxseeds, soybeans, and fish oil.

A HEALTHY DIET AND STAYING ACTIVE ARE A MUST!

It is proven that maintaining a balanced diet is essential to controlling your blood sugar and diabetes problems like diabetic neuropathy

Aim for a calorie, fat-free, naturally nutrient-rich diet to maintain good health. Healthy menus emphasize:

  • Vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains
  • Fat-free and low-fat dairy products
  • Lean meats, fish, and poultry without the skin

 

It's also essential that you consult with your doctor when changing or experimenting with new diets. Because every person is unique and has a fantastic set of symptoms, you must inform your healthcare provider of any adjustments you want to make to determine whether they are appropriate for you and your situation.

The best way to control your blood sugar is through exercise. Before beginning a new physical activity, especially if you're using medications to decrease your blood sugar, check with your physician first. Aim for 150 minutes or more of moderate to strenuous activity each week if you have diabetes. For instance, make it a point to walk briskly for at least 30 minutes most days of the week. 

To avoid dehydration, drink water before, during, and after exercise. Also, make sure your footwear is supportive and comfy.

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