When the myelin, or outer sheathing covering the nerves, is degenerated, it results in nerve damage. When this happens, the nerves are unable to function properly in normal communication between the brain and spinal cord. Vitamin deficiency is one cause of nerve damage. Getting the proper doses of these vitamins will also help ease tension, reduce anxiety and contribute to overall good health.
The full spectrum of B vitamins helps maintain healthy nerves. These vitamins are important for nervous system function. We know that vitamin B inadequacy can lead to nerve damage in the hands and feet. Diabetics may suffer less tingling and numbness caused by diabetes when they supplement with some B vitamins, particularly B6 and B12. A study presented in June 2009 at the American Diabetes Association's Annual Scientific Sessions found a connection between B12 deficiency and peripheral neuropathy, a disorder resulting in poor communication between the brain and spinal cord.
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B6 is particularly important. Not only does this vitamin provide energy to the body, it also has a natural, calming effect. Vitamin B6 deficiency has been connected to neurological conditions.
Vitamin B6 is commonly recommended for patients with carpal tunnel syndrome — a condition that affects your wrists and can result in your hands falling asleep at night. Swelling of the myelin in the wrist may sometimes be caused by a lack of B6. Swelling and tingling in other parts of the body may also be caused by low levels of this critical vitamin, according to vitamin B6 researcher Dr. John Marion Ellis.
Vitamin B12 is the most essential nutrient for the nervous system. Deficiency of this vitamin can lead to peripheral neuropathy. People who get too little vitamin B12 can exhibit weakness, twitching, pain, numbness, tingling, muscle cramps and burning sensation.
Vitamin B1 also helps reduce anxiety and has a calming effect on the nerves. And vitamin B3 helps produce brain chemicals and, in large doses, has a calming effect.
Vitamin E also helps regulate proper nervous system function. Deficiency of this nutrient can cause neuron degeneration.
Vitamin C has many benefits, and relieving anxiety is one of them. Vitamin C aids in healthy brain chemistry and adrenal gland function. In large doses, it has a significant tranquilizing effect.
Calcium and magnesium
These essential minerals help combat nervous tension. Calcium has natural and gentle tranquilizing properties. And magnesium helps foster relaxation by reliving anxiety and nervousness. Magnesium also helps relieve muscle spasms, which is another reason athletes need to be sure and get enough of it. Physical activity and sweating aren't the only factors that lower magnesium stores. Alcohol also depletes the body's magnesium, leading to irritability and tension.
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