Peripheral Neuropathy Fact Sheet

What is a Nutrient?

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A very strong case can be made for 25 to 65 mg per day even for non-alcoholics. Different varieties provide slightly different nutrients. Please try again later. However, the fiber, vitamins , minerals, and phytochemicals it provides can help ward off disease and benefit human health. This myelin sheath insulates the nerve fiber from the extracellular fluid as well as speeds up the signal conduction in the nerve fiber.

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It is in foods because both plants and animals use fats as the most economical way to store energy. It is needed for their growth, development and function when there is a shortage of food supply or a shortage of sunlight in the case of plants. Certain specific dietary fats have other essential functions. We are much like other animals so we do actually need some fat from our diet to survive. And while in general, as with most things, too much fat is bad, a certain amount is perfectly compatible with good health.

Saturated fats are found mostly in animal products such as meat, cheese, milk, butter, cream and eggs. Animals being warm-blooded incorporate some saturated fats into tissues to keep them more solid. Cold-blooded fish, and plants, however cannot include much saturated fat because they would become too stiff. However some oils from tropical plants such as palm oil and coconut oil do contain some saturated fats. The main unsaturated fats are monounsaturated, found particularly in foods such as olive oil, rapeseed oil, peanuts and avocados.

Polyunsaturated fats are mostly found in plant foods such as nuts, seeds and vegetable oils, and in cold-blooded sea-foods. In natural foods, they come protected with antioxidant vitamins. There are two main classes polyunsaturated fatty acids, omega-3 and omega These include the essential fatty acids.

Trans fats can be natural or artificial. They are mostly artificially created through a process known as hydrogenation which involves heating and chemical structure change. Artificial trans fats are mostly found in fast foods, fried foods and commercial baked products such as cookies and are the most unhealthy fats even worse than saturated fats!

Natural trans fats can be found in small amounts in milk and beef, and in quite large concentration in cheese. Why do we need cholesterol?

The loss of function and pain associated with nerve damage leaves many patients wondering what, if anything, can be done to repair nerves. Some herbal supplements promote nerve regeneration, helping to restore function and slow degeneration. Talk with your doctor before taking any new supplements, and consult a licensed holistic doctor for proper dosages and combinations.

Nerve damage may be the result of degenerative diseases, chronic impairment or a traumatic injury. If the nerve is not completely severed, it has the ability to regenerate. Nerves do not receive nutrients in the same fashion as muscles and many other tissues, and it takes longer for regeneration to occur.

If conditions underlying nerve damage, such as a herniated disc pinching nerve roots, for example, are treated, nerves have the opportunity to heal over time. Many herbs are used independently or in combination with other herbs to assist nerve regeneration.

Grape seed extract has benefited patients suffering from diabetic retinopathy, though more research needs to be done to confirm these results, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Evening primrose oil is another herbal supplement that helps with nerve damage related to diabetes. John's wort, lavender and tumeric reduce nerve irritation and aid regeneration of nerves damaged through traumatic injuries, according to Medline Plus.

Taking acetyl-L-carnitine reduces pain and assists with nerve regrowth, according to a study by A. Many herbs are used in Chinese medicine in conjunction with acupuncture to assist with nerve regeneration. Acupuncture uses tiny needles to stimulate qi, or energy, flow in the body's "meridians," the energy centers that are thought to be blocked when the body experiences illness or the inability to heal.

According to Alexander Raskin, M. Inflammation can create pressure on nerves and even restrict blood flow, preventing nutrient supplies from maintaining nerve health.

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