Terry is happy to provide his opinion on diet and nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have a mild form of small fiber peripheral neuropathy in my feet. Any suggestions? Thanks very much!! Best Wishes!” — Ernie R., Bellevue, WA
A. Dear Ernie, Peripheral neuropathy is a result of nerve damage and often causes numbness and pain in the hands and feet. I do have some clinically-tested, safe, and effective nutrients that can make a big difference for those with neuropathy.
I would first recommend adding curcumin to your daily regimen. Curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric, is a potent antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory that works, via multiple pathways, to benefit overall health. I recommend taking 750 mg of a bioavailable curcumin (standardized to 500 mg of pure curcuminoids) twice daily. Look for a formula that is up to 10 times better absorbed than plain curcumin, as absorption plays a big role in whether or not the curcumin has measurable, medicinal effects.
I believe you would also benefit greatly by taking a blend of nutrients including B vitamins, biotin, alpha lipoic acid, chromium, and zinc, among others. B vitamins (B1-B3, B6, B12, Folate, and Pantothenic Acid) help nerves function better, delay damage to nerves, and reduce the frequency and intensity of the pain symptoms. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) can boost levels of glutathione, one of the body’s natural antioxidants, which helps protect delicate nerves from oxidative damage. Current research also shows that ALA can help to reduce the pain and tingling symptoms. Extremely effective as an antioxidant, zinc helps to promote tissue and wound healing. When looking for a formula, choose one that features B vitamins in their “active” forms, as well as minerals in the form of amino acid chelates. Active B vitamins do not need to be converted in the liver and are already in the effective form our body needs. This is important because many people (some experts estimate up to 30% of our population) do not convert B vitamins well, and don’t receive full benefits. I also prefer the amino acid chelates for minerals, because they are so much better absorbed. I recommend taking 1 capsule of this formula three times daily.
Terry . . . Naturally