Diabetic neuropathy is a group of nerve disorders caused by diabetes. Over the time diabetics may develop nerve damage throughout the body including heart, digestive tract and reproductive system. The risk of diabetic neuropathy increases with age, chronic diabetes, blood pressure, high cholesterol and uncontrolled blood sugar levels. Diabetic neuropathy is broadly classified into four types, peripheral neuropathy, autonomic neuropathy, proximal neuropathy and focal neuropathy.


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Diet for diabetic neuropathy:

A healthy diet for diabetic neuropathy includes various foods that aids to control blood sugar. Oatmeal, barley, brown rice, soya bean and most of the whole grains has a high amount of soluble fiber.

Involve plenty of steamed sprouts and vegetables which are low on carbohydrate such as broccoli, spinach, bottle gourd, okra and green beans in the diet. On contrary cut down on high carbohydrate vegetables such as peas, potatoes and corn.

Eat complex carbohydrates instead of simple carbohydrates. It is necessary to consume complex carbohydrates for their beneficial vitamins, fiber and minerals.

Low fat vegan diet helps the diabetic neuropathy patients to manage the ailment by lowering the bad cholesterol levels, by reducing the weight and hence it helps to manage diabetic neuropathy.

Garlic and onion helps in reducing blood sugar level in people with diabetes and hence is beneficial or treating diabetic neuropathy.

Begin the day with nuts like almonds, walnuts or flaxseed as it contains omega 3 fatty acid.

Consume fruits such as apple, papaya, pear, fig, all types of berries, orange, Indian blackberry which are low on sugar and high on fiber.

Buttermilk, coconut water and green salad are beneficial in diabetes neuropathy.

Include antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, zinc and chromium in the diet.

Avoid excess of salt, sugar and fat. Refrain from red meat, whole milk and milk products, white flour, food with high glycemic index, alcohol and packed juices.

Herbs for diabetic neuropathy

Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, a topical pain reliever that can help reduce discomfort from neuropathy. Capsaicin works by curbing substance P, a pain-causing chemical from nerve receptors. Cayenne pepper helps to cure trigeminal neuralgia facial neuropathy, diabetic neuropathy and diabetic retinopathy. It is a panacea herb for diabetic neuropathy.

Green tea is a good option over tea or coffee. Green tea actually helps in regulating glucose levels and slowing down the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high insulin spikes and resulting fat storage. The compounds polyphenols and polysaccharides present in green tea are useful to curb both diabetes and diabetic neuropathy.

Cinnamon has significant benefits in type 2 diabetes. It helps the body to respond to insulin, thus normalizing blood sugar levels. Certain compounds in cinnamon stimulate insulin receptors and inhibit an enzyme that blocks them thus improving the ability of cells to use glucose and curbs the adverse effect of diabetes like neuropathy.

Bilberry leaves are traditionally use for regulating blood glucose in diabetics. According to a research bilberry is also useful in the treatment of retinopathy, damage to the retina of the eye due to chronic high blood sugar or high blood pressure and neuropathy or nerve damage due to diabetes.

Ginseng is another vital herb for diabetic neuropathy as it decreases the intensity of problems caused by neuropathy by maintaining the normal levels of insulin and lowering the blood sugar level.

Juniper berries are very effective in curing diabetic neuropathy by regulating the sugar levels of diabetics. Juniper berries contains anti inflammatory and hypo glycemic qualities that curbs further degeneration of the nerves due to diabetic neuropathy.

Fenugreek is an herb which is used to control diabetes, improve glucose tolerance and prevents diabetic neuropathy due to its hypo glycaemic activity. It prevents nerve damage and protects it from worsening any further. It also stimulates the secretion of glucose-dependent insulin. The high fiber content slows down the absorption of carbohydrates and sugars.

Bitter melon a vegetable is also used as an anti diabetic herb that possesses various antioxidant advantages which actually helps in reducing adverse effects of high glucose level in diabetic neuropathy. Bitter melon inhibits the oxidation process which protects the nerves from being damaged and prevents the worsening of diabetic neuropathy.

Make use of these wonderful herbs for diabetic neuropathy to combat symptoms effectively!

Source : http://www.planetayurveda.com/diabetic-neuropathy.htm
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Author's Bio: 

Dr. Vikram Chauhan is MD in Ayurvedic medicine and an expert Ayurveda consultant from Chandigarh and practicing in Mohali, India. He is spreading the knowledge of Ayurveda – Ancient healing system of India, not only in India but also abroad. He is CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda Products, Planet Ayurveda Clinic and Krishna Herbal Company. Read more – www.planetayurveda.com/curriculum-vitae.htm .