Pain Relief from Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetes is far too common in the USA.  One of the unfortunate complications of diabetes is that neuropathy can develop.  Of course, the first (and most important!) step is to get your blood sugar under control. For tips, see my previous post about blood sugar regulation.  Unfortunately, if you have neuropathy from diabetes, it can remain even after you've managed your blood sugar.  The pain can be very debilitating so here are some things that may help relieve some of the pain.

*First, to be clear: I am not a M.D.  Please consult your doctor before undergoing any health treatments or taking new supplements. This post, and all information on this site, is for educational and informational purposes only.*


Supplements can definitely be helpful because we are talking about utilizing vitamins for therapeutic purposes, which requires higher doses than a typical healthy intake.  Work with a healthcare provider to determine the appropriate supplements and dosages for you.  Until then, you can certainly focus on eating foods high in these nutrients. 

The following are your friends:

GLA (Gamma-linolenic acid)

  • Borage oil, Evening Primrose oil, Black Currant oil

ALA (Alpha-lipoic acid)

  • Flax seeds (and oil), Chia seeds, Hemp seeds

Vitamin C

  • Citrus fruits, Non-Citrus fruits, Melons, Green Leafy vegetables, Cruciferous vegetables

Vitamin E

  • Almonds, Sunflower seeds, Green Leafy vegetables, Avocados

Vitamin B6

  • Fish, Poultry, Meats, Nuts, Chick Peas, Sweet Potatoes, Spinach


  • Eggs, Peanuts, Almonds, Swiss Chard, Carrots


  • Cayenne pepper

Katie Dawn Habib

Katie Dawn Habib is a Holistic Nutrition Coach with a M.S. in Nutrition and Integrative Health. By combining her nutrition knowledge with a love of writing, Katie created her own website, The Hungry Gypsy, where she talks about food, nutrition, wellness and travel. On her site you can also find information about her nutrition coaching practice and join in on the conversations. Katie would like to contribute in some small way to global healing and help her clients and readers feel inspired.