I am dealing with my hands and feet being very sensitive to cold and becoming numb.
Q. Dear Terry, “I'm 38 and fairly healthy. Just this past year, I began dealing with my hands and feet being very sensitive to cold and becoming numb. I have seen a neurologist, who said that I did have a small amount of neuropathy. Do you have any recommendations? Thanks.” — Karen S., Fort Smith, AR
A. Dear Karen, Neuropathy is nerve damage or disease that can occur throughout the body. Neuropathy can start mildly, taking 10 years or more and beginning with a faint pins-and-needles sensation, before progressing to a moderate burning discomfort. Unfortunately, most current medical interventions address only symptoms and do not repair the damaged blood vessels and nerves that are at the root of neuropathies.
I believe you would benefit greatly by taking a combination 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 nutrients, choose 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 these ingredients three times daily for three to four weeks, then reduce to taking them twice daily thereafter.
You may also want to consider adding mesoglycan to your daily regimen. Mesoglycan is an excellent source of glycosaminoglycans (also known as GAGs) – vital and necessary components that build the walls of our blood vessels and arteries. Mesoglycan works on the actual formation of blood vessel walls, helping them to be strong, yet flexible, plus it helps keep blood moving through our arteries and blood vessels. I recommend taking 100 mg of mesoglycan daily.
Terry . . . Naturally