10 Vitamins & Nutrients that Support Nerve Function

As you age, nerve health can naturally decline. Other factors can also affect nerve function.

Most doctor’s will tell you there’s nothing you can do besides take a prescription to help manage nerve discomfort.

I disagree.

I believe - and numerous studies have shown - that certain vitamins & nutrients can help support aging or sensitive nerves.

How is this possible?

It’s all about fueling your body with vitamins and nutrients your nerves NEED to actually heal.

You see, while painkillers can help take the edge off – they don’t do anything to actually support nerve health. They merely dampen the signals from misfiring nerves to the brain.

So you’re stuck taking them for the rest of your life (if they even work in the first place).

BUT…

…if you fuel your nerve cells with the right vitamins and nutrients, you can help support healthy nerve function.

What vitamins and nutrients should you be taking for nerves?

Below are the 10 nutrients I recommend you start taking.

They have been shown to support normal nerve function.

And frankly, most people aren’t getting enough of these through their diet to tip the scales in their favor.

Which is why I recommend taking them in supplement form IN ADDITION to getting more of them through proper diet.

Here they are…

 

Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin)

Every nerve in your body is protected by a thin layer of fat called the Myelin Sheath.

It protects them from damage that can cause the nerves to misfire (which is what causes occasional nerve discomfort).

Vitamin B12 is the most important nutrient for maintaining this protective sheath…and repairing it when it is damaged.

So if you're looking to support your nerves, this is the number one place to start.

But there are a lot of B12 supplements out there – and not all of them are created equally.

There are two types of vitamin B12: methylcobalamin (methyl B12) and cyanocobalamin.

I know, they’re both a mouthful!

Cyanocobalamin is a man-made form of B12.

It’s cheaper to produce, which is why it’s the most common form you’ll find in B12 supplements at your grocery store or online.

But every study that has shown B12 to be beneficial to nerve health has used methylcobalamin (methyl B12).

Methyl B12 is the naturally occurring form of vitamin B12.

And according to a study in the Journal of Neurological Science, ultra-high doses of this form of B12 supports healthy nerve function.

So – if you want to help your nerves out, Methyl B12 is the clear winner.

Here are a few studies to back that up:

Vitamin B1, B2, and B6

All B vitamins are essential for healthy nerve function.

They work together to perform a variety of different functions.

Which is why it’s important you’re getting enough of each one.

That’s why I recommend finding a supplement that uses all forms of this nerve-boosting vitamin.

But there’s one important thing to keep in mind…

…and that is that TOO MUCH Vitamin B6 can actually be detrimental to your nerves.

Even as few as 100mg of B6 per day can have detrimental effects, so be sure not to exceed that amount.

R-Alpha Lipoic Acid

Alpha Lipoic Acid is one of THE most popular (and effective) antioxidants for nerve health.

And with good reason!

Studies by the Mayo Clinic show that it significantly reduces occasional aches, weakness, and discomfort.

Personally, I think it’s a no-brainer to start taking it.

BUT…

You need to make sure you’re getting the right KIND of Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA).

Because the 2 most common types don’t have the same benefits of the kind that the Mayo Clinic used.

The 3 types of Alpha Lipoic Acid are: S-ALA, R-ALA, and RS-ALA.

R-ALA is the pure, natural form of ALA – and the type I RECOMMEND.

S-ALA is a synthetic version – and is not as effective. RS-ALA is a 50/50 mix of the pure and synthetic form.

Here’s a graphic that shows the differences between each form:

Graph explaining different alpha lipoic acid or ALA types for neuropathy management and recovery

 

Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) 

Multiple studies have shown that vitamin D3 supplementation helps SIGNIFICANTLY reduce occasional nerve discomfort.

One reason vitamin D is so important is that it is needed to help your central nervous system function properly.

While you can get vitamin D naturally through sunlight exposure, you may want to consider taking a daily vitamin D3 supplement as well.

Studies:

Feverfew Extract

The main bioactive component of Feverfew is a compound called parthenolide, which has been shown to have an analgesic effect on discomfort.

 

Oat Straw Extract

If you’re dealing with itching or burning skin as a result of nerve damage, oat straw extract can help.

It has been shown to help sooth itchy, burning skin.

It also improves blood flow and boosts brain function in older adults.

Skullcap Root Extract

Skullcap is a powerful herb that has the ability to relieve nerve discomfort.

It’s safe and non-addictive…

…and most importantly, it works.

And like feverfew, it also helps reduce inflammation while also relieving nerve pain.

Studies: 

 

Passion Flower Extract

When you’re dealing with damage nerves, your nervous system can easily become overstimulated.

This over-stimulation results in your nerves constantly firing off signals…which causes your symptoms to flare-up.

Passion Flower is a powerful herb that calms your nervous system down.

It is often used to reduce anxiety and improve sleep, but it has proven very effective for nerve pain sufferers in recent years.


Each of the vitamins and nutrients listed above can have a profound impact on your quality of life.

When taken all together, they give your nerves their best shot at recovery.

For most people, even just taking one or two of these ingredients will make a noticeable difference.

But when you take all of them, your nerves reap more benefits.

About the Author

Dr. Don Kennedy is a board certified family physician with special training in geriatrics and regenerative medicine and has practiced for over 35 years. He is the son of a professional bull rider, an avid surfer, author, Professor at Stetson University, and grandfather.

Dr. Kennedy lives in Central Florida with his wife of 35 years, still sees patients daily and surfs (pretty good for a 68 years old)!

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