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What nutrients can help ease diabetic neuropathy?

Amy Campbell
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
Alpha lipoic acid (an antioxidant) taken in pill form may help lessen the pain of neuropathy. In a study published in the journal Diabetes Care in 2006, a dose of alpha lipoic acid of 600 milligrams once per day was found to be effective at lessening symptoms of neuropathy. Alpha lipoic acid is sold as a dietary supplement, so it's not regulated by the FDA. Also, it may increase the risk of hypoglycemia if taken in conjunction with insulin or certain types of diabetes pills, so it's important to check with your healthcare provider before taking this.

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