Neuropathy

SupplementAmountWhy
Acetyl-L-Carnitine
500 to 1,000 mg three times daily3 stars[3 stars]
Taking acetyl-L-carnitine can reduce pain in people with diabetic neuropathy, but does not appear to consistently benefit cases of chemotherapy-induced neuropathy.
Magnesium
200 to 600 mg daily3 stars[3 stars]
Supplementing with magnesium may reverse poor magnesium status and improve diabetic peripheral neuropathy, but does not appear to be helpful for preventing or treating chemotherapy-induced neuropathy.
Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, and Folic Acid
2,000 mcg methylcobalamin (B12); 3,000 mcg methylfolate (B9); and 35 mg pyridoxal 5-phosphate once to twice daily3 stars[3 stars]
B vitamins, and vitamin B12 in particular, may be helpful in treating various types of neuropathies. People with type 2 diabetes taking metformin should be monitored for B12 deficiency.
Vitamin D
7,100 IU daily or 50,000 IU weekly of vitamin D3 for eight to twelve weeks, followed by 2,000 to 4,000 IU daily long term3 stars[3 stars]
Supplementing with vitamin D3 daily or weekly can help reduce symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.
Alpha-Lipoic Acid
600 to 1,200 mg daily2 stars[2 stars]
Alpha-lipoic acid may reduce symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy and may work best in combination with medical treatment for neuropathy. Its possible benefit in chemotherapy-induced neuropathy needs further investigation.
Coenzyme Q10
400 mg daily2 stars[2 stars]
There is little evidence that coenzyme Q10 improves nerve function and eases symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.
Vitamin E
300 to 600 mg (450 to 900 IU) daily2 stars[2 stars]
Vitamin E supplementation may protect against diabetes- and chemotherapy-related neuropathy.
Biotin
Refer to label instructions1 star[1 star]
There is anecdotal evidence that high-dose biotin may reduce pain from diabetic nerve damage.
N-Acetyl Cysteine
1,200 mg daily1 star[1 star]
A small body of evidence suggests N-acetyl cysteine may help prevent neuropathy.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
1,200 to 1,800 mg daily of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil1 star[1 star]
Preliminary evidence suggests omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil may help to prevent diabetes- and chemotherapy-related neuropathy.
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