I have a friend that suffers from painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have a friend that suffers from painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy (he is a type 2 diabetic). I was wondering what he can do naturally to alleviate the pain without harming his condition any further.” — Marlene S., Woodbridge, NJ
A. Dear Marlene, Over time, high blood sugar levels from diabetes can cause peripheral neuropathy, a condition in which nerves are damaged. This often leads to 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. However, I would encourage your friend to talk with their doctor and see what he or she thinks about the following recommendations.
I would first recommend trying a combination of high absorption curcumin with boswellia, DLPA and nattokinase to address any pain the neuropathy is causing. Each ingredient works in a slightly different manner to help get him comfortable as quickly as possible. I advise taking one to two capsules of this blend three times a day when he experiences any discomfort.
I believe he 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 2 capsules of this formula three times daily for three to four weeks, then reduce to 2 capsules twice daily thereafter.
Terry . . . Naturally