Consider This: Alpha-Lipoic Acid
If you’re coping with pain in fingers, toes, or feet due to diabetes-related nerve damage, an antioxidant supplement called alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) might help by making nerves less sensitive to pain. It’s possible that ALA may neutralize elevated levels of cell-damaging free radicals that accompany high blood sugar. Some researchers suggest ALA might slow the development of diabetic neuropathy, but that’s based on lab studies, not on long-term studies in people. It also seems to work better when given intravenously rather than as a pill, according to one Dutch review of four studies.
The verdict: Maybe. “Stabbing, burning pain may respond better than ongoing tingling,” Shane-McWhorter says. “And ALA may help more with early nerve damage than with more advanced problems.” The dose used in studies is 600 mg daily. You can also get small amounts of this compound from spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, peas, brussels sprouts, and rice bran.
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