Book Review

Nutrients for Neuropathy

John A. Senneff

This 172-page book is the third of three volumes described collectively as Seneff ’s “numb-toes series.” This reference is a great resource for patients and professionals seeking a natural and healthy approach to treating peripheral neuropathies. This latest addition focuses on how to use natural supplements to treat the severe pain and other consequences of peripheral neuropathy. The book addresses three essential questions with regard to nutrients for neuropathy: (1) What nutrients does the peripheral nerve need? (2) what nutrients are potentially harmful? and (3) are any supplements proven to enhance nerve function? Vitamins and minerals that are covered include B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, E, biotin, folate, inositol, choline, lecithin, chromium, magnesium, selenium, and zinc. Other supplements such as the essential fatty acids, a-lipoic acid, acetyl-L-carnitine, ginkgo biloba, goshajinkigan, and sangre de grado are also mentioned. According to Senneff, the most beneficial nutrients that the peripheral nerve needs for normal nerve function are thiamine, cobalamin, and pyridoxine, as well as glucose, protein, lipids, oxygen, and growth factors. He reports that there are a number of nutrients that have been determined to be harmful at particular doses. Those nutrients include megadose pyridoxine, some Chinese herbal remedies, St. John’s Wort, ginkgo biloba, and ephedra. As far as supplements proven to enhance nerve function, he mentions that some of the vitamins in the B complex, certain nutrients such as a-lipoic acid, ?-linolenic acid, and three or four minerals, contribute to nerve health and may in certain cases help in the management of peripheral neuropathy. With regard to choosing the correct supplement(s), dosing and bioavailability are also addressed. This book is well referenced and easy to read.

Reviewed By:  Dana Reed-Kane, PharmD, FIACP, FACA, FCP, NFPPhC
In:  Mar/Apr 2003