Neuropathy is a common complication of diabetes. It is nerve damage that may result from having high blood sugar levels for an extended period of time.

Essential nutrients are vital parts of your diet, and some may help keep your nerves healthy and ease the pain of neuropathy. Here’s a list of supplements to consider for better nerve health.

Fish oil. High in omega-3 fatty acids, fish oil may help improve blood flow, reduce inflammation, and ease the symptoms of neuropathy.

Magnesium. Research has found that people with type 1 diabetes with low levels of magnesium had a higher incidence of nerve-related complications.

Iron. Low iron levels have been associated with neurological disorders, and research has suggested that iron supplements may reverse nerve damage.

Vitamins B6 and B12. These two vitamins are needed for blood cell production and assist in maintaining healthy nerves.

Vitamin D. After surgery, nerves may not heal correctly, and research has found that taking vitamin D supplements may help regenerate and heal the damaged nerves.

Vitamin E. Protecting your nerves from damage is a first step in combating neuropathy. Vitamin E has been shown to have protective effects on nerves and may help prevent or reduce neuropathy.

Alpha-lipoic acid. Taking an alpha-lipoic acid supplement has been shown to improve neuropathy symptoms like burning, pain, and numbness in the limbs of those with diabetes.

Work with your doctor

It’s important to talk with your doctor before taking any supplements or making changes to your diet. Some supplements may interact with medications and cause adverse side effects.

Dr. Gary Cramer, EHI-Excellence in Healthcare Innovations