Neuropathy is nerve damage that can be caused by diabetes, toxins, injury or medications. It comes with challenging symptoms of pain, numbness, burning and tingling starting in the hands and feet. Proper nutrition is important for stopping further nerve damage and managing symptoms. These foods can help you manage your neuropathy.
Water is an essential food for your nerves. Many people with neuropathy do not drink enough water and can become dehydrated, which decreases total blood volume. Dehydration makes it difficult to get the necessary nutrients to your nerves and can increase the risk of diabetes complications. Aim to drink at least 8 cups of water per day.
Ginger is an anti-inflammatory food with natural soothing and pain relieving properties. It can be added to many stir-fry dishes or to tea for an extra boost of flavour. It also plays an important role in supporting the immune system.
Omega-3s are essential fats that the body can only get from the diet. These fats reduce inflammation but are also needed to support overall nerve health. The best sources of omega-3s are from seafood, nuts and seeds or from supplements like Frontline Neuropathy Clinical Omega-3, which contains all three pro-nerve omega-3s.
Vitamin B12 is important for proper nerve function and many people with neuropathy can be deficient. Common sources of B12 are eggs, seafood, organ meats (e.g. liver and kidney), soy beverages and cottage cheese.
Antioxidants are nutrients that protect the body from damage. Antioxidants have been shown to reduce damage to nerves from high blood sugar. The best sources of antioxidants are dark colour fruits (berries, cherries and kiwi fruit) and green vegetables (kale, broccoli, Brussel sprouts).
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