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2 Ways Oxidative Stress Hurts Your Nerves & How to Stop It

2 Ways Oxidative Stress Hurts Your Nerves & How to Stop It

When it comes to the health of your nerves there are a number of potential threats to their health. Among them is the threat of oxidative stress. Oxidative stress occurs when there is an imbalance between harmful toxins called free radicals and the antioxidants the body needs to fight them. If left unneutralized, these destructive free radicals can wreak havoc on the body and the nerves.

Here are two ways oxidative stress is hurting your nerves:

1. Kills Nerve Cells

Researchers have identified various ways in which oxidative stress damages and destroys nerve cells within the body. As a result of this damage, proper nerve function is compromised and can result in numbness, tingling, pain or a number of other unpleasant sensations – typically in the arms, hands, legs and feet.

2. Demyelination

The myelin sheath is a layer of protective tissue around the nerves that helps maintain the integrity of nerve signals as well as protect the nerves from damage. Oxidative stress can weaken – and in some cases destroy – the myelin sheath. Demyelination – or damage to the myelin sheath – is directly related to chronic diseases such as peripheral neuropathy.

What Can I Do?

To neutralize harmful free radicals and combat the negative effects of oxidative stress on your nerves – getting sufficient antioxidants is the key. Antioxidants scour the body in search of free radicals and neutralize them before they can damage or destroy cells.

One powerful antioxidant for nerve health is alpha lipoic acid – which is available in supplement form. This powerful antioxidant has the unique ability to regenerate itself as well as other antioxidants. It also improves blood and oxygen flow to the nerves and has been shown to help relieve the pain and burning sensations associated with neuropathy. When shopping for an alpha lipoic acid supplement, look for stabilized R-Alpha Lipoic Acid as it is up to 12 times more effect that non-stabilized forms.

Besides supplementation, diet can be a great source of antioxidants. Some of the foods with the richest antioxidant content are blueberries, beans, nuts, dark green veggies and fish. Many of these foods are also rich in other nerve boosting nutrients such as b vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium.

Getting a sufficient amount of antioxidants is key to fighting oxidative stress and preventing a number of chronic conditions – including neuropathy. Regardless of the cause of your neuropathy, antioxidants will help boos the health of your nerves by protecting your nerve cells and surrounding tissue, maintaining the health of your myelin sheath and improving the flow of blood and oxygen to the nerves.


The above information is not medical advice, for reference only / from : Michelle




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