Like every living thing – your nerves need certain vitamins and minerals to stay strong and healthy. Certain B vitamins. Vitamin D. Magnesium…and more.
But there’s a good chance you’re not getting enough of at least one – if not more – of these.
And that’s a problem.
Especially if you’re already suffering from nerve damage.
Not only does it make it easier for your neuropathy to spread – but it can also cause your existing symptoms to intensify. So what are the most important vitamins and nutrients for your nerves – and how can you make sure you’re getting enough of them?
Read on to learn about the most common deficiencies affecting neuropathy patients – and then download your free eBook “The Ultimate Neuropathy Food & Diet Guide: Proven Secrets for Eating to Ease Nerve Pain” to learn how to easily boost your intake of these essential vitamins.
Not getting enough B12 puts your nerves at risk.
In fact, vitamin B12 deficiency is one potential cause of neuropathy.
That’s because your nerves depend on B12 to survive. It fortifies the protective coating around your nerves (known as the myelin sheath).
It also rebuilds and repairs weakened or damaged nerve pathways.
Riboflavin (vitamin B2) is the “performance enhancer” vitamin.
By that, I mean it helps convert other important vitamins (including B6 & B9) into forms that your body can use. It also converts fuels like carbohydrates and protein into energy.
Not getting enough vitamin B2 will reduce the ability of other nerve-boosting vitamins to do their jobs.
According to recent estimates, vitamin D deficiency among Americans has tripled from 1980 to now, with nearly 13% of Americans suffering from it and another 30% on the verge of deficiency. Some of its symptoms include pain, muscle weakness, depression and cognitive impairment.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “adults with severe vitamin D deficiency may experience bone pain and softness, as well as muscle weakness.” Vitamin D is critical in promoting the absorption of calcium for strong and healthy bones.
Besides promoting calcium absorption and keeping bones healthy, Vitamin D has other less known but equally important benefits. These benefits include reducing the risk of insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar, lowering blood pressure, regulating the immune system, and improving or maintaining mental clarity.
According to recent estimates, nearly 80% of Americans suffer from magnesium deficiency.
Symptoms of deficiency can include fatigue, weakness, numbness, tingling, muscle contractions and cramps, seizures, personality changes, abnormal heart rhythms, and coronary spasms.
Getting enough magnesium is especially important for anyone with neuropathy. It alleviates pain by relaxing the nervous system and relaxing your muscles. By relaxing the nervous system, magnesium prevents overactive nerves from misfiring – which is what causes the pain or tingling many neuropathy sufferers feel.