With Neuropathy Symptoms, Vitamin D can Make a Big Difference in Quality of Life.
We’re still learning about the powers of vitamin D, but we do know for sure based on research that this vitamin has a significant effect on building a strong immune system. Vitamin D is also important for helping to maintain bone mass.
These are two aspects of vitamin D’s role in the body that makes it an important nutrient for people struggling with neuropathy symptoms.
But even more important is vitamin D’s role is manufacturing substances called neutropins that help repair damaged nerves and grow new ones.
If you have neuropathy symptoms, you can help to support your own body’s production of neutropins, first by following a diet that includes vitamin D along with other essential neuropathy nutrients, and secondly by using appropriate neuropathy therapies such as neurostimulation.
The research strongly supports that neurostimulator therapies are appropriate and effective for many, if not most, patients suffering from neuropathy symptoms.
When paired with the right diet including vitamin D, these therapies can be incredibly effective in reducing neuropathy symptoms and neuropathic pain.
You may be wondering about the right daily amount of vitamin D that neuropathy patients should take.
It definitely depends on who you ask!
The official United States stance on vitamin D dosage is that you should have up to 600 IU (international units) every day. But other countries recommend higher levels, up to even 10,000 IU a day. This is based on the idea that most people just do not get much vitamin D from diet or sun exposure and so will need supplementation.
It’s not really possible to get enough vitamin D from plant sources. Fish oil is the best available form of supplement containing vitamin D.
I highly recommend to all new patients in our clinics to get their vitamin D levels checked. Then they can work together with their NeuropathyDR® clinicians to decide on the best daily dosage for supplementation.
Looking for more advice on dietary supplements to reduce neuropathy symptoms? Take a look at our Neuropathy Owners Manual, I Beat Neuropathy!