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Micronutrient Supplementation May Ease Neuropathic Pain


Oct 9, 2007

Our diet has changed a great deal since our days as hunter-gatherers on the African plains. Not only do we eat more carbs and fats, but we may also be getting far fewer of the micronutrients that were abundant in the primitive diet.

At least, that is the hypothesis behind NeuropathyRx, an amalgamation of five micronutrients that its manufacturer is promoting as a treatment for diabetic neuropathic pain.

Recently, NeuropathyRx was examined in an open-label uncontrolled study, during which 28 patients with painful diabetic neuropathy were given NeuropathyRx for three months. On a scale from one to ten, they reported an average rating of 6.59 for burning pain in their hands and feet at the beginning of the study.

They also reported an average of 6.54 for overall pain. After taking the supplement for three months, the burning pain in their hands and feet had dropped to a rating of 2.44, and their overall pain was down to 2.85.

NeuropathyRx contains five antioxidants: N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC), alpha-lipoic-acid (ALA), L-carnitine (LCA), vitamin C, and selenium. The recommended dosage is four capsules a day, and it costs about $40 for a month's supply of 120. NeuropathyRx is available at www.neuropathysolutions.com.

We haven't tried NeuropathyRx ourselves, but we're very curious about whether it really works. So if you do decide to try it, please use the Comments feature to describe your experience with it.

Source: Michigan Pain Consultants press release and website


Categories: Diabetes, Diabetes, Nerve Care (Neuropathy), Professional Issues, Supplements, Type 1 Issues



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Posted by Anonymous on 12 November 2007

say what you want it WORKS for me!!

Posted by Ladybird on 31 January 2008

Haven't used this particular "mixture" of supplements but have been using Alpha Lipoic Acid -one of the supplements in this- now for over a year and I feel it "cured" my "foot drop" which I've mentioned on other postings here. I'm on 600mg/day of it, after going on a very high dosage for a couple of months, and my neuropathy in my feet keeps on improving all the time.

Posted by loras65 on 17 April 2008

Has anyon used Metanx? I've tried other high potency types with no luck for my hands and feet....Have others tried the Alpha Lipoic acid?

Posted by Anonymous on 2 July 2008

Metanx contains methylcobalamin (a form of vitamin B12), which is being investigated for reduction of symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy. "Regular" cyanocobalamin B12 has been shown not to have this benefit. I am a physician and have seen several patients improved over the short- and long-term with oral and injectable methylcobalamin. I am aware of benefit of ALA and NAC as well.

Posted by Anonymous on 13 September 2008

Ny husband has been using Alpha Lipoic Acid 600mg. twice day for about 8 yrs and it has been very effective for his neuropathy. Even his uncle age 82 till his death at 86 found it helped him to keep on gardening which he loved. I buy a 6 month supply which is shipped to me from Tampa,Fl.

Posted by Anonymous on 5 January 2009

1. Read Richard K. Bernstein's Diabetes solutions.

2. Take the supplement BENFOTIAMINE and R LIPOIC ACID. Look at the research on the internet.


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