Neuropathy Treatment Nutrition: Vitamin B3

In the neuropathy clinic, mild deficiencies of niacin are probably relatively common.

Vitamin B3, or niacin, is a nutrient that, like all vitamins, is essential to health and life. Vitamin B3 helps our bodies convert food into energy, burn fat properly, and is largely responsible for helping us feel energized!

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Without vitamin B3, or niacin, our body is unable to function.

Did you know that vitamin B3 is a common ingredient in energy drinks? The reason for this is simple. Without vitamin B3, or niacin, our body is unable to function. For many patients, it is lacking due to poor diet. Consuming a diet high in processed foods is likely to be low in niacin. Consuming alcohol can also lower vitamin B3 levels too.

In the neuropathy clinic, mild deficiencies of niacin are probably relatively common. Mild deficiencies probably show up in the neuropathy clinic as slowed metabolism.

Also very common are low levels of niacin, causing a decrease in tolerance to cold. This occurs in neuropathy and chronic pain patients too!

Niacin deficiency can cause the disease called pellagra. Pellagra is disease characterized by the three D’s: diarrhea, dermatitis, and dementia.

In very severe niacin deficiencies, significant changes occur to the nervous system. These changes can show up as psychiatric symptoms and, as we mentioned earlier, dementia or brain disease.

More commonly, especially in modern society, are lower levels of niacin then are optimal, making worse some very common neuropathy treatment conditions, including high cholesterol and metabolic syndrome.

Good food sources of niacin include chicken, beef, and fish including tuna, salmon, and halibut. Many nuts are also high in niacin. Avocado and shiitake mushrooms are also high in niacin. Vitamin B3 as niacinamide is also a common ingredient in many multivitamins and other dietary supplements.

Since niacin is available in two different common forms (niacin and niacinamide), we recommend patients consume both forms in the same supplement.

The reason for this is they will tend to act somewhat differently, both having beneficial effects.

Measuring vitamin B3 levels requires a little more work than a simple blood test. Blood tests for niacin are often unreliable, so special urine tests need to be performed.

Like so many nutrients, it is important to remember that diet must be the number one method of obtaining proper nutrition. It is also critical to understand that each nutrient is just like a key instrument in a symphony.

And just like a symphony does not work when one instrument does not play properly, the same is true in nutrition–especially with neuropathy!

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Neuropathy Treatment Nutrition: Vitamin B3

In the neuropathy clinic, mild deficiencies of niacin are probably relatively common.

Vitamin B3, or niacin, is a nutrient that, like all vitamins, is essential to health and life. Vitamin B3 helps our bodies convert food into energy, burn fat properly, and is largely responsible for helping us feel energized!

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Without vitamin B3, or niacin, our body is unable to function.

Did you know that vitamin B3 is a common ingredient in energy drinks? The reason for this is simple. Without vitamin B3, or niacin, our body is unable to function. For many patients, it is lacking due to poor diet. Consuming a diet high in processed foods is likely to be low in niacin. Consuming alcohol can also lower vitamin B3 levels too.

In the neuropathy clinic, mild deficiencies of niacin are probably relatively common. Mild deficiencies probably show up in the neuropathy clinic as slowed metabolism.

Also very common are low levels of niacin, causing a decrease in tolerance to cold. This occurs in neuropathy and chronic pain patients too!

Niacin deficiency can cause the disease called pellagra. Pellagra is disease characterized by the three D’s: diarrhea, dermatitis, and dementia.

In very severe niacin deficiencies, significant changes occur to the nervous system. These changes can show up as psychiatric symptoms and, as we mentioned earlier, dementia or brain disease.

More commonly, especially in modern society, are lower levels of niacin then are optimal, making worse some very common neuropathy treatment conditions, including high cholesterol and metabolic syndrome.

Good food sources of niacin include chicken, beef, and fish including tuna, salmon, and halibut. Many nuts are also high in niacin. Avocado and shiitake mushrooms are also high in niacin. Vitamin B3 as niacinamide is also a common ingredient in many multivitamins and other dietary supplements.

Since niacin is available in two different common forms (niacin and niacinamide), we recommend patients consume both forms in the same supplement.

The reason for this is they will tend to act somewhat differently, both having beneficial effects.

Measuring vitamin B3 levels requires a little more work than a simple blood test. Blood tests for niacin are often unreliable, so special urine tests need to be performed.

Like so many nutrients, it is important to remember that diet must be the number one method of obtaining proper nutrition. It is also critical to understand that each nutrient is just like a key instrument in a symphony.

And just like a symphony does not work when one instrument does not play properly, the same is true in nutrition–especially with neuropathy!

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Making Better Neuropathy Treatment Decisions

Neuropathy patients need to learn all they can about real health!

It was not that long ago that neuropathy and chronic pain patients had very few treatment options. For a very long time, health professionals just focused on drug therapy to calm neuropathy and pain symptoms.

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When patients take action, lose weight, become more active, and cut out sugars and processed foods, their “idiopathic” neuropathy improves.

In fact, many patients AND their own doctors still believe this is the only approach to neuropathy treatment.

But you know better, and that is why you are here!

We now know that there is a place for active treatment in many forms of neuropathy. For example, we know the most common form of neuropathy is “idiopathic neuropathy” meaning, by definition, “no known cause”.

Many neuropathy cases formerly called “idiopathic” are, in fact, due to metabolic syndrome, an issue for many in modern society that, over many years, creates too much body fat and not enough lean muscle.

This is sometimes still called pre-diabetes because left untreated with better lifestyle, food and activity decisions, many neuropathy patients with metabolic syndrome will become diabetic! Drug-only neuropathy therapy alone will not change this.

But the good news is that when patients apply their own decisions to take action, lose weight, become more active, and cut out sugars and processed foods, their “idiopathic” neuropathy improves.

The sad part is, many doctors and patients still attempt to treat just with drugs to calm the symptoms like tingling, numbness and burning so many neuropathy patients suffer from. Worse yet, when patients are given high blood pressure or cholesterol lowering medication to treat metabolic syndrome this form of neuropathy can actually worsen!

Since 2008, we at NeuropathyDR have lead the way in informing neuropathy and chronic pain patients the impact their own health care and lifestyles decisions have upon their quality of life, and more!

In the whole scheme of things, this approach to neuropathy treatment is relatively new.

So, what is a neuropathy treatment patient or their family to choose?

Simply, we think patients need to learn all they can about real health! Real health comes from deciding to work a little more on it every day!

And, like it or not, the older we get, the more we all need to be proactive about our health—not less!

That’s why NeuropathyDR clinicians are trained to be with you all the way!

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Making Better Neuropathy Treatment Decisions

Neuropathy patients need to learn all they can about real health!

It was not that long ago that neuropathy and chronic pain patients had very few treatment options. For a very long time, health professionals just focused on drug therapy to calm neuropathy and pain symptoms.

olderladyPT 300x200 Making Better Neuropathy Treatment Decisions

When patients take action, lose weight, become more active, and cut out sugars and processed foods, their “idiopathic” neuropathy improves.

In fact, many patients AND their own doctors still believe this is the only approach to neuropathy treatment.

But you know better, and that is why you are here!

We now know that there is a place for active treatment in many forms of neuropathy. For example, we know the most common form of neuropathy is “idiopathic neuropathy” meaning, by definition, “no known cause”.

Many neuropathy cases formerly called “idiopathic” are, in fact, due to metabolic syndrome, an issue for many in modern society that, over many years, creates too much body fat and not enough lean muscle.

This is sometimes still called pre-diabetes because left untreated with better lifestyle, food and activity decisions, many neuropathy patients with metabolic syndrome will become diabetic! Drug-only neuropathy therapy alone will not change this.

But the good news is that when patients apply their own decisions to take action, lose weight, become more active, and cut out sugars and processed foods, their “idiopathic” neuropathy improves.

The sad part is, many doctors and patients still attempt to treat just with drugs to calm the symptoms like tingling, numbness and burning so many neuropathy patients suffer from. Worse yet, when patients are given high blood pressure or cholesterol lowering medication to treat metabolic syndrome this form of neuropathy can actually worsen!

Since 2008, we at NeuropathyDR have lead the way in informing neuropathy and chronic pain patients the impact their own health care and lifestyles decisions have upon their quality of life, and more!

In the whole scheme of things, this approach to neuropathy treatment is relatively new.

So, what is a neuropathy treatment patient or their family to choose?

Simply, we think patients need to learn all they can about real health! Real health comes from deciding to work a little more on it every day!

And, like it or not, the older we get, the more we all need to be proactive about our health—not less!

That’s why NeuropathyDR clinicians are trained to be with you all the way!

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Neuropathy Treatment, Your Health, and Vitamin B2

In neuropathy and pain treatment, we find supplementation is often needed to provide maximum health benefits.

Do know what a vitamin is? By definition, a vitamin is something our bodies can’t make on their own, that we must get from food.

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A vitamin is something our bodies can’t make on their own–that we must get from food.

These are essential to life! Deficiencies, poor absorption, or, sometimes, low vitamin levels can make us feel just lousy.

But sometimes they can make us sick—or even kill us!

Vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin, is a key player in neuropathy treatment too!

This yellowish substance is easily destroyed by light. It’s found in leafy vegetables, almonds, beans and peas, organ meats, and mushrooms.

So, as you can imagine, too many of us just don’t get enough from food. This is really important in neuropathy treatment, because b2 is a key co-factor.

Co-factors are non-protein chemicals that bind to or join up with larger molecules in the body to make them work.

And in this case, the vitamin B2 co factors called FAD and FMN are responsible for a wide variety of key body functions. This is crucial for neuropathy patients, because they help us burn or metabolize our food efficiently, and help turn our food into cell and nerve energy!

Although we need only a little every day, not getting enough, or not absorbing it due to intestinal issues can cause symptoms ranging from fatigue, to cracked scaly skin, and inflammation of the mouth and tongue.

In fact, one of the classic signs of deficiency is what’s called angular chelates—where cracks appear at the corner of your mouth.

This is critical to be aware of, because neuropathy can be associated with intestinal diseases, and things like colitis and alcohol abuse.

Diabetes (so often part of neuropathy), heart disease, and taking some medications, including birth control pills, can raise the need for this key nutrient.

Higher dosages of riboflavin are used to treat migraines and even some eye diseases.

In neuropathy and pain treatment, we find supplementation is often needed to provide maximum health benefits.

Once again, eating the NeuropathyDR Diet Plan way will help neuropathy treatment go better—and help you feel and look your very best!

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Neuropathy Treatment, Your Health, and Vitamin B2

In neuropathy and pain treatment, we find supplementation is often needed to provide maximum health benefits.

Do know what a vitamin is? By definition, a vitamin is something our bodies can’t make on their own, that we must get from food.

303429 4594 214x300 Neuropathy Treatment, Your Health, and Vitamin B2

A vitamin is something our bodies can’t make on their own–that we must get from food.

These are essential to life! Deficiencies, poor absorption, or, sometimes, low vitamin levels can make us feel just lousy.

But sometimes they can make us sick—or even kill us!

Vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin, is a key player in neuropathy treatment too!

This yellowish substance is easily destroyed by light. It’s found in leafy vegetables, almonds, beans and peas, organ meats, and mushrooms.

So, as you can imagine, too many of us just don’t get enough from food. This is really important in neuropathy treatment, because b2 is a key co-factor.

Co-factors are non-protein chemicals that bind to or join up with larger molecules in the body to make them work.

And in this case, the vitamin B2 co factors called FAD and FMN are responsible for a wide variety of key body functions. This is crucial for neuropathy patients, because they help us burn or metabolize our food efficiently, and help turn our food into cell and nerve energy!

Although we need only a little every day, not getting enough, or not absorbing it due to intestinal issues can cause symptoms ranging from fatigue, to cracked scaly skin, and inflammation of the mouth and tongue.

In fact, one of the classic signs of deficiency is what’s called angular chelates—where cracks appear at the corner of your mouth.

This is critical to be aware of, because neuropathy can be associated with intestinal diseases, and things like colitis and alcohol abuse.

Diabetes (so often part of neuropathy), heart disease, and taking some medications, including birth control pills, can raise the need for this key nutrient.

Higher dosages of riboflavin are used to treat migraines and even some eye diseases.

In neuropathy and pain treatment, we find supplementation is often needed to provide maximum health benefits.

Once again, eating the NeuropathyDR Diet Plan way will help neuropathy treatment go better—and help you feel and look your very best!

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Fibromyalgia or Neuropathy—Which is it?

We train our clinicians to be exceptional and diligent in the diagnosis of neuropathy and chronic pain.

Very often in our clinics, we see patients who present with multiple health issues. Now, as you might expect in any chronic pain treatment center, this is not at all uncommon. But our treatment centers are different; we look at patients differently. Rather than simply attempting to calm pain, we look deeply for underlying causes.

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In both fibromyalgia and in neuropathy, patients often experience tingling, numbness, and significant amounts of pain.

One of the most interesting things is how deeply rooted lifestyle and personal habits are linked to many health problems. Fibromyalgia and neuropathy are no exception.

In both fibromyalgia and in many cases of neuropathy, patients are frequently overweight and in poor physical condition. Often times this “deconditioning” has been present for years. Contributing factors to this include things such as poor diet, and, yes, even health problems like underlying thyroid disease.

In both fibromyalgia and in neuropathy, patients often experience tingling, numbness, and significant amounts of pain. This is not at all surprising, since recent research suggests that some fibromyalgia patients actually have small-fiber neuropathy.

Only time will tell how true this is in fact. I have long suspected this, however, since one of our observations many years ago was that many fibromyalgia patients responded very well to our neuropathy treatment programs, with some specific modifications. That’s why, right now, effective treatment depends so much upon the skill as well as the time and interest of the clinician.

Unfortunately, you are unlikely to find this in a public healthcare setting any longer. Most publically-employed doctors are simply under too much time pressure, with little financial benefit to treat patients who need the diligent care they so deserve.

This is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future.

At NeuropathyDR, we train our clinicians to be exceptional and diligent in the diagnosis of neuropathy and chronic pain. This includes fibromyalgia.

And the reason for this should be very obvious. Once we understand as much as we possibly can about what may be underneath your symptoms, then we can begin the most effective neuropathy treatment plan possible.

And this goes double for those patients who suffer fibromyalgia-related chronic pain conditions!

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Fibromyalgia or Neuropathy—Which is it?

We train our clinicians to be exceptional and diligent in the diagnosis of neuropathy and chronic pain.

Very often in our clinics, we see patients who present with multiple health issues. Now, as you might expect in any chronic pain treatment center, this is not at all uncommon. But our treatment centers are different; we look at patients differently. Rather than simply attempting to calm pain, we look deeply for underlying causes.

pain 200x300 Fibromyalgia or Neuropathy—Which is it?

In both fibromyalgia and in neuropathy, patients often experience tingling, numbness, and significant amounts of pain.

One of the most interesting things is how deeply rooted lifestyle and personal habits are linked to many health problems. Fibromyalgia and neuropathy are no exception.

In both fibromyalgia and in many cases of neuropathy, patients are frequently overweight and in poor physical condition. Often times this “deconditioning” has been present for years. Contributing factors to this include things such as poor diet, and, yes, even health problems like underlying thyroid disease.

In both fibromyalgia and in neuropathy, patients often experience tingling, numbness, and significant amounts of pain. This is not at all surprising, since recent research suggests that some fibromyalgia patients actually have small-fiber neuropathy.

Only time will tell how true this is in fact. I have long suspected this, however, since one of our observations many years ago was that many fibromyalgia patients responded very well to our neuropathy treatment programs, with some specific modifications. That’s why, right now, effective treatment depends so much upon the skill as well as the time and interest of the clinician.

Unfortunately, you are unlikely to find this in a public healthcare setting any longer. Most publically-employed doctors are simply under too much time pressure, with little financial benefit to treat patients who need the diligent care they so deserve.

This is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future.

At NeuropathyDR, we train our clinicians to be exceptional and diligent in the diagnosis of neuropathy and chronic pain. This includes fibromyalgia.

And the reason for this should be very obvious. Once we understand as much as we possibly can about what may be underneath your symptoms, then we can begin the most effective neuropathy treatment plan possible.

And this goes double for those patients who suffer fibromyalgia-related chronic pain conditions!

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Neuropathy Treatment and Vitamin B1

What’s most important to the neuropathy patient is the role B1 has in our health.

Vitamin B1, or thiamine, is an essential nutrient. By essential nutrient, we simply mean that if we don’t consume it, as human beings, we can die. In fact, Beriberi is a disease caused by thiamine deficiency. Fortunately, this is now quite rare in modern societies. It can, however, still be seen in certain parts of the world.

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Allithiamine can have a profound effect on nerve cell function.

Beyond this, what’s most important to the neuropathy patient is the role B1 has in our health.

One of the key things B1 does is help our cells, especially nerve cells, produce energy—and produce it more efficiently.

Unfortunately, many patients do not get enough essential nutrients due to poor diet. Typically, this poor diet is very high in sugar, as well as carbohydrates. Carbohydrates require thiamine to be metabolized (or readily used up), and high-carbohydrate diets can cause depletion.

One of the things that is been particularly important to our neuropathy treatment is that certain forms of thiamine, most especially allithiamine, which is naturally occurring in crushed garlic, can have a profound effect on nerve cell function. Allithiamine is unique in that cells tend to take it up much more efficiently than the more common thiamine hydrochloride.

Some of the best natural sources of B1 include foods like pork, eggs, and salmon. Plant sources include things like asparagus, kale, cauliflower, and even oranges. Sunflower seeds and whole-grain rye are also good sources.

But one of the biggest mistakes too many patients and professionals make is to think that one single nutrient can heal us. Wouldn’t life be wonderful if it was that simple? Rarely is it that simple; this is why neuropathy patients need to be very careful about which treatment strategies—and, especially which neuropathy treatment professionals they call upon for help.

Sometimes, supplementing with vitamin B1 can be dangerous. If you suffer from cancer or certain other diseases, taking supplemental B1 in any form can create serious problems.

This is why it’s essential that you work with trained professionals and continue to stay a well-informed patient. Unfortunately, most physicians only have rudimentary training in nutrition. It is certainly something that’s not emphasized in the mainstream healthcare model.

This is why we continue to create resources for wonderful neuropathy treatment patients such as you!

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Neuropathy Treatment and Vitamin B1

What’s most important to the neuropathy patient is the role B1 has in our health.

Vitamin B1, or thiamine, is an essential nutrient. By essential nutrient, we simply mean that if we don’t consume it, as human beings, we can die. In fact, Beriberi is a disease caused by thiamine deficiency. Fortunately, this is now quite rare in modern societies. It can, however, still be seen in certain parts of the world.

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Allithiamine can have a profound effect on nerve cell function.

Beyond this, what’s most important to the neuropathy patient is the role B1 has in our health.

One of the key things B1 does is help our cells, especially nerve cells, produce energy—and produce it more efficiently.

Unfortunately, many patients do not get enough essential nutrients due to poor diet. Typically, this poor diet is very high in sugar, as well as carbohydrates. Carbohydrates require thiamine to be metabolized (or readily used up), and high-carbohydrate diets can cause depletion.

One of the things that is been particularly important to our neuropathy treatment is that certain forms of thiamine, most especially allithiamine, which is naturally occurring in crushed garlic, can have a profound effect on nerve cell function. Allithiamine is unique in that cells tend to take it up much more efficiently than the more common thiamine hydrochloride.

Some of the best natural sources of B1 include foods like pork, eggs, and salmon. Plant sources include things like asparagus, kale, cauliflower, and even oranges. Sunflower seeds and whole-grain rye are also good sources.

But one of the biggest mistakes too many patients and professionals make is to think that one single nutrient can heal us. Wouldn’t life be wonderful if it was that simple? Rarely is it that simple; this is why neuropathy patients need to be very careful about which treatment strategies—and, especially which neuropathy treatment professionals they call upon for help.

Sometimes, supplementing with vitamin B1 can be dangerous. If you suffer from cancer or certain other diseases, taking supplemental B1 in any form can create serious problems.

This is why it’s essential that you work with trained professionals and continue to stay a well-informed patient. Unfortunately, most physicians only have rudimentary training in nutrition. It is certainly something that’s not emphasized in the mainstream healthcare model.

This is why we continue to create resources for wonderful neuropathy treatment patients such as you!

Join the conversation on Facebook!

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