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Supplements and Sciatica

Wednesday, 19 August 2009 03:38 PM

Question: Can vitamins and supplements relieve sciatica?

Dr. Blaylock's Answer:

There is evidence that many supplements can reduce nerve pain. Modern research indicates that nerve pain is ultimately caused by chronic inflammation, and reducing inflammation will reduce the pain.

Supplements, such as acetyl-L-carnitine, alphalipoic acid, buffered vitamin C, natural vitamin E, resveratrol, quercetin, and curcumin will reduce inflammation as well as promote the healing of nerves.

The B vitamins, especially vitamin B-1, riboflavin, pyridoxal-5-phosphate, niacinamide, folate, and vitamin B-12 (methylcobalamin), are essential for nerves to heal.

One tip I learned as a neurosurgeon was that male patients often sit on a thick wallet which can injure the sciatic nerve.

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