Food for Nerve Pain

Food for nerve pain can assist many people who suffer from chronic pain every day. Painful conditions such as sciatic nerve pain and diabetic nerve pain are becoming epidemics in the US and the World. Read on to find out how I found foods that helped me with a very painful pain condition, and hopefully you can find nerve pain relief naturally like I did.

In 2012 at the age of 32, I was diagnosed with CRPS -Complex Regional Pain Syndrome– in my right hand due to a string of injuries and bad surgeries.

Since then it has quickly spread to my right shoulder and my left hip and leg. My doctor can’t give me a reason for the spreading and I can’t wait for an answer to be discovered.

More and more we’re hearing miracle stories of people curing themselves with food for nerve pain. Men and women curing cancer and diabetes, all just by changing how they ate.

As a journalist with CRPS/RSD I had to believe I’d find nerve food and that is what I set out to do.

Update: Since I wrote this article on Food for Nerve Pain, and lived my life by it, my body changed and my nerve pain diminished and on some levels completely went away. My CRPS has of now (2019) been in remission for over 4 years! Because of my new found health my career has grown and I have authored 3 books! Lose Weight by Eating, Lose Weight By Eating Detox Week (lots of food for nerve pain in this book!) and my most recent book, Lose Weight With Your Instant Pot.

Read below to see how I used foods for nerve pain to take my life, and my body back…

Food For Nerve Pain

In my research there are foods that cause and worsen nerve pain and some that cure and help, so using myself as a guinea pig, I’ve started on a new diet that seems simple and inexpensive. This diet is low in meat and poultry and free of artificial sweeteners and preservatives, all which can worsen nerve pain. My new diet is high in vitamin C, omega 3 fatty acids and B12, all known to provide nerve pain relief and even reverse damage.

Artificial sweeteners and preservatives have been known to cause fibromyalgia and seizures. “Artificial” is the key word here, if we are trying to repair our bodies, we need to remove all foreign objects including chemicals such as artificial sweeteners from our diets. Along with that preservatives, fake dyes and basically anything you can’t pull from the ground or from the sea. Think all natural, the way our ancestors cooked 100 years ago.

When you cook or heat food it loses ½ of its nutritional value including vitamins and protein, so it is important to eat as much raw food as you can. Furthermore in my research countries that consumed 5% or less of animal protein in their daily diets had 1/10 of the diseases and cancers than the countries that consume high amount of animal proteins such as the United States.

Food for Nerve PainVitamin C strengthens your immune system, eases nerve pain, repairs damaged nerves, lowers your risk of developing autoimmune diseases, slows the aging process and increases metabolism.

Best Food for Nerve Pain

Here are the best options for foods for nerve pain relief that I have found:

Foods rich in Vitamin C

Bell and sweet peppers as well as hot peppers, guavas, papayas, thyme, parsley, kale, mustard greens, spinach and garden cress. Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, oranges, limes, lemons and grapefruit. Strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, cherries, black currents, melon, kiwi and tomatoes.

Omega 3 fatty acids improve immune system function, decrease inflammation in your body, prevent nerve damage and lessen nerve pain.

Foods for Nerve PainFoods rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Salmon, halibut and tuna, flaxseeds, Chia Seeds, fish broth, basil, oregano, broccoli, spinach, free range eggs, brussel sprouts, olive oil, nuts, cabbage, tofu, green beans, kale and strawberries.

Vitamin B12 deficiency is fairly common and can cause nerve pain. Your nervous system requires vitamin B12 for proper function and maintenance.


Foods Rich in Vitamin B12

Farm raised meat, poultry, eggs, milk and other dairy products, fish and shellfish and beets.

Water

Water is so important to nerve health! SUPERCHARGE your water with Vitamin C rich drinks, see my fruit infused waters.

It’s time to get in the kitchen!

I find that a veggie/fruit smoothie in the morning helps to get more Vitamin C and Omega 3 in my system right away, later I choose a raw or mostly raw lunch also heavy in Vitamin C and Omega 3 and concentrate on the B12 and meat (to keep my family happy) for dinner with a vitamin c side dish. My goal is always to have 2 or more nerve healthy ingredients in each meal.

This nerve pain diet has helped me drop almost most of my medication in half or more, and my daily pain levels of 4-8 are now down to 0-4 with only a few spikes a month. I also have adopted a new “attitude” about my nerve pain. I try to only think of it in the past tense. For instance I don’t dwell on how I feel right now, but when I felt good yesterday. I found that after speaking about my pain with a support group member my pain spiked, but when I was distracted my pain was less severe. Try it for yourself and see if a little self-trickery can help you cope with the pain better.

With some new pain relieving recipes and a good attitude I can live a much more comfortable life. I’m not cured, but if I take it easy and listen to my body and eat these foods I don’t need to take much pain medication.

Nerve Food

Below are a few recipes heavy in Vitamin C, Omega 3 and or B12:

Fruit smoothie combinations, add all ingredients to blender and mix until smooth adding water to achieve desired consistency.

-Apricot (Vitamin C), orange (Vitamin C), 1 cup spinach (Vitamin C & Omega), 2 tablespoons ground flax seed (Omega).

-Orange (Vitamin C), 6 Strawberries (Vitamin C & Omega), 1 cup spinach (Vitamin C & Omega), 2 tablespoons ground flax seed (Omega).

-5 Strawberries (Vitamin C & Omega), 1 banana (Vitamin C), orange (Vitamin C) ½ cup kale (Vitamin C & Omega).

Salads are a great way to get a big raw meal, here are a few of my favorites.

Strawberry Spinach Salad– this summer salad is a great way to pack in a lot of nutrition with a lot of flavor. With spinach (Vitamin C and Omega 3), strawberries (Vitamin C and Omega 3), walnuts (Omega 3), extra virgin olive oil (Omega 3), chicken and cheese (B12) it’s an ideal nerve healthy lunch or dinner.

Beet SaladNerve Pain Diet– this salad combines both raw and cookies vegetables and fruits. With beets (B12), oranges (Vitamin C) avocados (Vitamin C), parsley (Vitamin C)and extra virgin olive oil (Omega 3) you have a well rounded nerve healthy meal.

Steak Salad– this family friendly meal makes a great dinner or lunch, and it’s packed full of nutrition with spinach (Vitamin C and Omega 3), tomato (Vitamin C), basil (Vitamin C and natural pain reliever), extra virgin olive oil (Omega 3) and steak and cheese (B12).

Sushi is also a great option as raw Omega 3 and B12 rich fish will greatly benefit your nervous system.

Final thought on finding food for nerve pain relief:

Just as I have, keep searching for more foods for nerve pain relief! Don’t take “I don’t know” for an answer! If enough of us dig for information we can cure each other.

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  5. At around the age of 34, I was cured of asthma (since age of 5) through chiropractic adjustments. Recently, I was cured of sciatica through chiropractic adjustments, specifically through their stretching apparatus although I had to take medicine to tamp down the nerve inflammation. If you have nerve problems due to a pinched nerve, food alone is not going to cure the problem. I am 77 years old and do not have to take any medication to maintain my health but I do constantly watch my diet and research to solve my own physical problems. The medical profession does not seem to cure things, only hook us on a drug for the rest of our lives. I have found chiropractors to have a much better attitude toward effective “cures.”

  6. Wow! Thank you so much for this great article. I have been searching for information like this to try and heal my sciatic nerve pain with food. Can’t wait to get started!

  7. Audry,

    I want to thank you for your valuable, and much needed nutritional plan and advice.
    God bless you.

    Alicia

  8. I am going to start immediately with your ideas and have emailed this to several of my friends who suffer with chronic pain. Thank you for a new beginning.

  9. I was also diagnosed with CRPS a few months ago and it is nice to read something like this. Currently, I am being treated with passive and active exercises by a physical therapist. I am going to try all the things that you suggested in your blog and hopefully, it would help me deal with my pain. Thanks a lot! 🙂

  10. I absolutely LOVE reading stories about other people changing their lives and promoting HEALTH through the foods that they eat. I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder that causes widespread systemic issues including pain. 18 months ago, working as a restaurant manager, my body said “enough!” I was diagnosed midst my spiral down, which became much worse on multiple medications that did nothing to support my body. I finally found my tipping point and my health was going to get better or else… Foods not only changed my health, they gave me life and allowed my body to heal from the inside out.

    Thank you for sharing your experiences and God Bless!!

  11. Hi Sara,

    I’m three months into this plan and have been able to get off most my medications. I presented this at a CRPS/RSD support group last month and last night at the monthly meeting a man with full body CRPS told me that I he had tried my eating regimen about 60% of the time and has been able to walk without a cane for 2 weeks!

    My pain levels are down significantly and I only need pain medication in the morning. I hope this helps you and your group out!

    HAPPY COOKING!
    Audrey

  12. Great post! I was diagnosed with CRPS in Feb 2012, following a crush injury in July 2011. It is in my right hand and has spread up that arm and now possibly into my right side/back. I have a FB page MY CRPS/RSD. How has this ‘diet’ worked for you so far? Has it helped decrease your pain level?

    Thank you,
    Sara

  13. Thanks for sharing this, I have a joint disease that has a lot of other pains and problems associated with it and I really believe healthy foods are the best medicine. I have only recently been researching their benefits so I haven’t been applying it to my diet as much as I need to… so I was very happy to read that you have and it’s helping!!

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