Diabetic neuropathy is nerve pain that often occurs with diabetes. It’s difficult to treat, and it can dramatically reduce your quality of life. Since there’s no cure for diabetic neuropathy, treatment is a matter of managing symptoms and working to prevent it from becoming worse.
Diabetic neuropathy can quickly cause serious nerve damage before you even realize it’s happening. Around 70 percent of people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes will suffer from neuropathy, and if left unaddressed, it can be fatal.
Whether or not you’re currently experiencing neuropathy, taking curcumin can help prevent neuropathy or relieve neuropathic pain.
Curcumin is pretty to look at, with its sunny color that gives turmeric its trademark yellow hue. But it’s not just another pretty face. Curcumin has powerful properties that make it a potent pain reliever and protector against developing neuropathy. Here’s how it works:
It reduces inflammation. Curcumin is a rock star when it comes to reducing inflammation. A study published in Integrative Medicine found that curcumin can lower inflammation in over 97 body mechanisms. Another study in mice found that curcumin decreased inflammation markers and pain in just four weeks. Lower inflammation means less pain.
It improves the function of insulin. According to the National Institutes of Health, curcumin improves insulin’s ability to lower blood sugar. Maintaining low blood sugar is one of the best ways to prevent diabetic neuropathy.
It reduces markers of oxidative stress. Oxidative stress and inflammation can promote the development of diabetic neuropathy, and curcumin has been shown through research to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, and it also improves the function of blood vessel linings. While medications can produce the same effects, curcumin has no negative side effects in humans aside from possible stomach upset.
It also protects against cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. An added benefit of taking curcumin is that it reduces your risk of certain cancers as well as protects against Alzheimer’s disease.
A quality turmeric supplement will come in a dose of curcumin between 1,200 to 1,300 milligrams. Look for a curcumin supplement that’s standardized to a high percentage of curcuminoids, 95% is ideal. It’s absorbed in your body more efficiently when taken with black pepper. The best form of black pepper is a patented ingredient known as BioPerine®. It’s always a good idea to talk to your healthcare professional before starting a new supplement to ensure you’re taking the right dose for the best possible effects.