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We often get asked, “What else can I do to improve my neuropathy condition?”

Here is some basic information on how the body works and some simple foods that can help you.

Antioxidants prevent cell damage resulting from oxidation, which is a process that occurs when a cell is exposed to oxygen during the normal course of cellular function. Oxidation can damage nerve cells and lead to neuropathy.

As with other parts of the human body, nerves undergo continual maintenance and repair. An ongoing supply of quality nutrients supports this regenerative process.

Research indicates a number of antioxidants, nutrients, vitamins, minerals and herbs help protect the body against nerve damage, and are essential for maintenance and repair processes.

Eating foods high in antioxidants can prevent this damage or help reverse some of the harmful effects of free radicals.

Fruits and vegetables contain flavonoids, which are substances inside food that are antioxidants and provide many other health benefits. Some flavonoids have a neuroprotective effect, which means they can actually protect nerves from damage.  There are many types of flavonoids, including anthocyanidins, flavan-3-ols, flavonols, flavanones, flavones, and isoflavones.

Blueberries are very good for nerves because the delicious fruit contains anthocyanins (a type flavonoid), which have a potent neuroprotective effect.

Other foods high in antioxidants include:

  • Cranberries
  • Elderberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries
  • Raisins
  • Acai berries
  • Prunes
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Raw cocoa bean

So the message is to eat more fruits and vegetables, especially blueberries!