Long Island REGISTERED DIETITIAN EXPLAINS HOW NERVE PAIN CAN BE RELIEVED WITH NUTRITION: Tips to Support Nerve Function & Anti-inflammatory Diet Plans

Nerve Pain

What do your nerves do?  They send directions and information back and forth between your brain and every part of your body – allowing you to breathe,  see, feel, hear, move, and in general, live.  The question is whether food choices can affect nerve pain and nerve health. Though research is limited, as a registered dietitian nutritionist, I will discuss what is known and what you can do.

Vitamin B12:  This vitamin is required for nerve function.  Deficiency symptoms can include numbness, tingling, peripheral neuropathy, or pain.  Poor absorption, digestive disorders, bariatric surgery, and some medications can cause a deficiency.  

Inflammation:  Inflammation may contribute to nerve compression and neuropathy.  An anti-inflammatory diet program may support nerve health, as an inflammatory diet may exacerbate chronic inflammation.

What foods should you eat?  

FATS:  Select monounsaturated fat (olive oil, nuts, seeds, avocado) and omega-3 fats (fish oil).

ANTIOXIDANTS:  Indulge in a diversity of fruits and vegetables.

FIBER:  Have a diet rich in whole grains and pulses (beans and lentils), and minimally processed carbohydrates.

VITAMIN B12:  Stick to lean animal protein, dairy, eggs, or a dietary supplement.

What foods should you limit?

FATS:  Avoid saturated fat (high fat animal protein, margarine, butter, palm or coconut oil).

ULTRA REFINED CARBOHYDRATES are devoid of fiber, have minimal antioxidants, and are high in added sugar.

If you have nerve condition and are experiencing pain, you can take an active role in the treatment process Work with a registered dietitian nutritionist to establish an anti-inflammatory diet plan.