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Vitamin Supplements for Nerve Pain

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Michelle Lawson began her professional writing career in 2010, with her work appearing on various websites. She emphasizes alternative approaches to health-related issues. She is certified as a Sports Nutritionist by the International Fitness Association. Lawson graduated from ATI College of Health with honors, earning her associate degree in medical assisting.
Vitamin Supplements for Nerve Pain
Vitamins may help to ease nerve pain. Photo Credit: RightOne/iStock/Getty Images

Nerve pain is generally caused when the nerves of the peripheral nervous system are damaged, which is referred to as neuropathy. This damage may be caused by toxin exposure, infections and traumatic injury. Some common symptoms of neuropathy may include nerve pain and numbness. Vitamins that aid in protecting and maintaining the functions of the nervous system may ease the pain experienced from neuropathy.

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Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, is a water-soluble vitamin essential to proper brain and nervous system function. A fatty sheath made up of complex proteins called myelin surround the nerves; Vitamin B12 is essential in the maintenance of these proteins. According to Mayo Clinic, our bodies store many years worth of vitamin B12 making deficiencies rare. However, when deficiencies occur, it may lead to irreversible nerve damage and nerve degeneration. Vitamin B12 is typically found in animal products such as eggs, milk, fish and poultry. The Office of Dietary Supplements states that the recommended daily dosage for both males and females over the age of 14 is 2.4 mcg.

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 is another vitamin that is essential for proper functioning of the nerves and nervous system, and necessary for protein metabolism. In addition, when used as a treatment for nerve pain, it may actually aid in the healing process. The Environmental Illness Resource states that nerves take time to heal, therefore natural remedies should be taken for three to 12 months. Diets containing extremely high levels of Vitamin B6 may develop sensory nerve pain. Foods rich in Vitamin B6 include meats, fortified cereals, beans, poultry and fish.


Thiamin, also known as Vitamin B1, is vital for nerve cells to function properly and aids in the metabolism of fatty acids. Like other vitamins in the B family, thiamin is a water-soluble vitamin that is released from the body in urine and must be replenished daily. Thiamin deficiencies may lead to a disease called beriberi that affects the heart and nerves. When taken as a supplement, thiamin promotes healthy nerves. Vitamins & Health Supplements Guide states that the recommended daily intake of thiamin for adult males is 1.1 mg and 0.8 mg for adult females.

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