I had my last chemo treatment in June 2013, but still suffer from neuropathy.
Q. Dear Terry, “I had my last chemo treatment in June 2013, but still suffer from neuropathy (mostly tingling in my hands and feet). From what I have heard, this may last for up to several months. My doctor has recommended a prescription medication, but I would like to take a more natural approach. Can you recommend anything? Thanks!” — Jack F., Jacksonville, FL
A. Dear Jack, I believe you would 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 starting with 2 capsules three times daily for several weeks. Then reduce to 2 capsules twice daily thereafter.
As always, I strongly recommend consulting with your doctor regarding any additions to your supplement regimen.
Terry . . . Naturally