My mother suffers from terrible neuropathy.
Q. Dear Terry, “My mother suffers from terrible neuropathy. Her hands and feet are always tingling and sometimes can be very painful. She has tried medications from the doctor, but they have not worked. What do you think she should try?” — Carmen S., Sparks, NV
A. Dear Carmen, I believe your mother 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% - 50% 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 per day for the first month and then she can try taking them twice daily thereafter.
For the pain, I believe a combination of highly absorbable curcumin, boswellia, DLPA, and nattokinase can be very effective. These ingredients all work together and target pain from different perspectives. She could take these one to three times per day.
Terry . . . Naturally