I have noticed that I am starting to experience some numbness in my little finger.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have noticed that I am starting to experience some numbness in my little finger. Is there anything I can take for this?” — Delores B., Pittsburgh, PA
A. Dear Delores, I would first recommend that you consult with your healthcare practitioner to rule out the possibility that an underlying condition is causing the numbness.
Assuming the numbness is NOT due to an underlying illness, 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.
Terry . . . Naturally