Neuropathy

Supplement Amount Why
Acetyl-L-Carnitine
500 to 1,000 mg three times daily 3 stars [3 stars]
Taking acetyl-L-carnitine may improve symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.
Alpha Lipoic Acid
600 to 1,200 mg a day 3 stars [3 stars]
Taking alpha lipoic acid may improve insulin sensitivity and help protect against diabetic complications such as nerve damage.
Magnesium
200 to 600 mg daily 3 stars [3 stars]
People with type 2 diabetes tend to have low magnesium levels and supplementing may restore levels and improve glucose control, which in turn may reduce risk of, or slow progression of, diabetes neuropathy.
Biotin
Refer to label instructions 2 stars [2 stars]
Biotin may improve glucose levels and reduce pain from diabetic nerve damage.
Coenzyme Q10
Refer to label instructions 2 stars [2 stars]
For people with diabetes and neuropathy, the antioxidant coenzyme Q10 may improve nerve function and ease uncomfortable symptoms by 50%.
Vitamin B1 and Vitamin B12
Refer to label instructions 2 stars [2 stars]
Taking vitamin B1 combined with vitamin B12 may improve symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.
Vitamin B1 and Vitamin B6
25 mg vitamin B1 daily, with 50 mg of vitamin B6 daily 2 stars [2 stars]
Taking vitamin B1 combined with vitamin B6 may improve symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.
Vitamin B12
Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner 2 stars [2 stars]
Vitamin B12 is needed for normal nerve cell function, and supplementing with it may improve symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.
Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, and Folic Acid
Refer to label instructions 2 stars [2 stars]
Taking a supplemental form of folate, vitamin B12, and vitamin B6 may improve neuropathy symptoms and quality of life.
Vitamin D
2,000 IU of vitamin D per day for three months 2 stars [2 stars]
In a preliminary trial, supplementing with vitamin D per day significantly improved pain by almost 50% in patients with diabetic neuropathy.
Vitamin E
900 IU daily 2 stars [2 stars]
Vitamin E supplementation may protect against neuropathy.
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