Researchers from Iran studied 75 people with type 2 diabetes and diabetic neuropathy (diabetic damage to nerves, causing localized pain, often in the hands or feet). Some of the diabetics took a high potency multivitamin-mineral supplement. (The nutritional components in the supplement are also present in a good multivitamin powder.) Others took a placebo. After four months, those taking the nutrients had a decrease in nerve pain of more than 80%! This study supports what we have seen clinically for many years.
In addition, lipoic acid (300 mg 2x day) and acetyl L-carnitine (2,000-3,000 mg a day) have also been shown to help diabetes nerve pain, though it can take months to see the full benefit as the nerves heal. For more on diabetes, see "Addressing Diabetes Naturally."
"Improving neuropathy scores in type 2 diabetic patients using micronutrients supplementation," Farvid MS, Homayouni F, et al, Diabetes Res Clin Pract, 2011 April 13; [Epub ahead of print]. (Address: Department of Community Nutrition, National Nutrition and Food Technology Research Institute, Faculty of Nutrition Sciences and Food Technology, Shaheed Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran).
Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of four research studies on their treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.