In some cases, uncontrolled diabetes can lead to peripheral artery diseases which result in the narrowing of your blood vessels reduction of blood flow with your feet and legs. This causes gangrene and necrosis of the feet which would lead to amputation. Regular exercise and strengthening exercises will help to reduce peripheral neuropathy and control diabetes.
Foods that should be avoided in neuropathy
- High carbohydrate foods like potato, rice and pasta
- Processed foods in packages
- Salty snacks and preserved foods
- Canned foods
Foods to include to reduce neuropathy
- Green Leafy Vegetables – These are a good source of B vitamins, magnesium, Vitamin K and Vitamin C. These nutrients are all important for synthesizing and circulation of the neurotransmitters. Vitamin E and Vitamin C are anti-ageing vitamins, and magnesium helps in calming the nerves and reducing the irritation.
- Fish – It is a good source of essential fatty acids especially Omega-3 fatty acids. Nerves are all protected by Myelin sheath which is made of fatty acids. The Omega 3 fatty acids in fish help in the healing of the nerves.
- Dark Chocolate – These are anti-inflammatory and excellent antioxidants. They can reduce the blood pressure and improve the blood flow to the vital organs. Go for 70% dark chocolate which is unprocessed. Avoid white and milk chocolate.
- Eggs – Eggs are a good source of all essential amino acids and choline which is very essential in the synthesis of Acetyl Choline which acts as a neurotransmitter helping to improve memory and communication among the brain cells. So regular intake of egg improves mental performances.
- Broccoli – This is a good source of Vitamin K and it has a compound called glucosinolates which can slow the breakdown of neurotransmitters like Acetyl Choline.
- Almonds – This is a good source of omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin E which also protects the brain.
- Avocadoes – Avocadoes are a good source of proteins, Vitamin K, potassium and folates. It has a good level of monounsaturated fatty acids. It is a good source of fibre. The healthy fats help in protecting the outer coat of nerve fibres and thus improve memory and concentration. It is a fruit with the lowest sugar content comparing any other fruit.
- Pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds – These are excellent sources of magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc. These are a rich source of magnesium which is very important to improve memory and neurological functions. They have powerful antioxidants which can protect the body and brain from the free radicals. They provide a good amount of copper and zinc which is also very essential for proper neurological functions and to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Nuts, in general, improve cognitive skills and memory. All nuts are a good source of vitamin E, healthy fats and antioxidants. Of these walnuts are the better choices as it contains high levels of Omega- 3 Fatty acids. Include 100 grams of nuts in your daily diet with more preference to almonds, walnuts and pumpkin seeds.