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Foods That Helps Fight Diabetic Neuropathy

Scott Loeb DO
Medically reviewed by Dr. Loeb
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Scott Loeb DO
Medically reviewed by Dr. Loeb

Healthy organic products full of vitamins, minerals, fibres, and other nutritional substances are a background for the stable functions of the nervous system. In particular, dietary formulas optimistically impact the neuropathy therapy program built for many clinical nerve-damaged cases.

Neuropathy is an umbrella name for similar neurological disorders affecting the brain and spinal nerves and is associated with a range of motor, cardiovascular and cognitive dysfunctions. Therefore, its symptoms provoke weakness, numbness, and painful reactions. To prevent neuropathy progression, any person needs to follow specific diets enriched with proteins, carbs, and healthy fats.

The best diet for diabetic neuropathy-diagnosed people or risk groups contains various fruits, vegetables, berries, and some products of animal origin. However, gluten foods, caffeine drinks, alcohol, fast foods, or inorganic GMO ingredients lead to the ailment expansion and develop new types of health problems.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a neurological ailment characteristic of dysfunctional and damaged qualities of the nerve or a group of nerves that facilitate normal muscle functions.

The main signs of neuropathy-related health problems are:

  • painful perceptions resulting from the pinched nerves;
  • slow and crucially deteriorated motion functions;
  • dysfunctional blood circulation and temporary numbness of the affected area;
  • high nerve vulnerability due to muscle weakness.

Any neurological disorder, including neuropathy onsets, is caused by an unbalanced diet option or a non-active lifestyle. The well-built dietary formula stimulates the essential nutritional intake, optimizing the impulses transmitted through nerve connections.

Any omission of the nutritious diet plan leads to many neuropathy-related health problems. Therefore, clinical research makes parallels between neuropathy signs and insulin-dependent diagnosis. Diabetic patients suffer from peripheral neuropathy, demonstrating motor, sensory and autonomic nerve damage. In this case, balanced daily dietary formulas are a crucial factor dedicated to adjusting glucose rates and mitigating threatening signals accountable for neuropathy progression.

Foods Good for People with Neuropathy

foods for diabetic neuropathy patients

Products approved by the neurological community represent a broad range of healthy and delicious meal ideas which reduce the chances of developing malnutrition and increase the natural barriers to neuropathy blocking.

Indeed, diabetes-positive patients benefit from nutrition-enriched foods with minimal saccharine rates and neuron-damaging substances.

Foods including Omega 3, veggies, fruits, nuts, whole grains, and lean proteins are must-have ingredients for those with particular neurological dysfunctions.

1. Foods Include Omega 3

Omega 3 equals the healthy nervous system due to valuable nutritional substances for neuropathy recovery. Fatty acids consisting of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) provide the brain’s required nutrition and reduce blood pressure to adjust glucose rates.

Omega 3 enriched foods that aggravate neuropathy symptoms:

  • Sardines;
  • Salmon;
  • Kidney beans;
  • Walnuts;
  • Plant oils except for corn and sunflower samples;
  • Flax seeds;
  • Soya beans;
  • Chia seeds;
  • Spinach.

2. Vegetables

Vast vegetables refer to neurologically proven foods and are entirely safe for diabetic patients. Most veggies and legumes contain multivitamin complexes like B group, E, C, A, and PP, which optimize body strength and improve the immune system. In addition, diabetic neuropathy diagnosed patients who follow organic plant dietary rules receive good carbs required for the well-regulated digestion system and low risks for diabetes progress.

In particular, you may include some vegetables into your meal plan and enjoy energy boosters for better concentrations without products with high calories:

  • Leaf veggies (cabbages, salads, Brussels sprouts);
  • Legumes (parsley, dill, cilantro, mint, etc.);
  • Tomatoes;
  • Broccoli;
  • Asparagus;
  • Cauliflower.

The list could be added with numerous nutritional vegetables with low sugar rates. Moreover, the offered veggies allow you to combine different samples and cook foods that help people with neuropathy.

3. Fruits

People with diabetic neuropathy are recommended to replace processed and sugar-contained foods with natural supplements. However, fruits and berries should be carefully checked before you start to include them in the meal plan.

Pay attention to sour spices with high rates of fibres, vitamins, and acids, which reduce glycemic indexes and prevent the progression of the neuropathy deterioration signals:

  • Tropic fruits (kiwi, oranges, pomegranates, citruses);
  • Garden fruits (apples, apricots, pears, peaches);
  • Berries (cherries, blueberries, black and red currants, watermelons).

However, sweet foods like melons, grapes, and pineapples could significantly deteriorate the health of diabetic neuropathy patients and are not acceptable for their dietary formula.

4. Nuts and Seeds

Nuts qualify as sources of the macro mineral elements and unsaturated fats to build the strengthened neuron system and flexible muscles. Such foods also include proteins and carbs that improve brain functions that help get rid of neuropathy. Nuts are proven to be intake by vegans and gluten-tolerant people. So, you may choose any kind of seeds to provide organisms with healthy proteins and lipids for anti-inflammatory and antibacterial protection abilities.

Increase raw nuts and seeds in your daily dietary formula to avoid neuropathy progress:

  • Walnuts;
  • Cashew nuts;
  • Pecans;
  • Peanuts;
  • Pumpkin seeds;
  • Flaxseeds;
  • Almond;
  • Chia seeds.

5. Whole Grains

Whole grains contain endosperm, germ, and bran which foresee carb backloading advantages for people who wish to eliminate glycaemic index and overcome the accompanying neuropathy signs. These foods contribute to health improvements and reduce painful neuropathy symptoms.

You should add whole grains foods to optimize the digestive and cardiovascular systems and avoid triggers associated with neuropathy development:

  • Buckwheat;
  • Amaranth;
  • Oats;
  • Quinoa;
  • Barley.

6. Lean Proteins

Foods that aggravate diabetic neuropathy should contain lean proteins to strengthen muscles and neuron ties. However, nutritionists and diabetologists insist on organic, antibiotic, and pesticide-free products without growth stimulators.

Therefore, you need carefully assess your dietary programs, which comprise:

  • plain Greek yogurt;
  • lean beef, skinless poultry, or turkey;
  • beans and peas;
  • tofu;
  • fish white meat.

Foods to Avoid for Neuropathy

foods to avoid for neuropathy

Suppose peripheral neurology signs are stable and complicate normal living activities. In that case, any treating neurologist distinguishes permanent triggers related to unbalanced dietary formulas and increased foods rate, which develop health problems and deteriorate neurological ailments.

In particular, gluten-enriched, salt, caffeine, or sugar-contained products and alcohol drinks cultivated in pesticide and herbicide-labored soils are the main barriers that block neuropathy recovery.

1. Gluten

Gluten or wheat, rye, barley, or triticale-contain protein enhance adverse reactions provided by diabetic neuropathy. Constant consumption of gluten foods duplicates the health problems, especially among people with high gluten sensibility.

As such, allergy-resemble symptoms make neuropathy-positive patients exhaustive without abrupt diet modifications, excluding:

  • Bakery products;
  • Sweets;
  • Chocolate;
  • Cereals;
  • Pasta;
  • Sauces.

2. Salty Fast Foods

Fast foods are sources of many health problems due to saturated fats, spicy ingredients, sugar, and preservatives. Indeed, pizzas, hamburgers, and French fries are the best examples of foods people with diabetic neuropathy disorders require to avoid.

In addition, salty fast foods increase cholesterol rates and heart attack chances. Also, you may face other related neurological diseases and cognitive dysfunctions.

3. Caffein Products

Caffeine stimulates neurological impulses and increases work productivity. However, people with neurological dysfunctions or diabetic neuropathy signs are prohibited from consuming caffeine foods or drinks because they enhance painful pulsing reactions in the affected zones and decline the chances of recovering from the pinched nerve syndrome.

So, a neuropathy-recommended diet should avoid:

  • Energy drinks;
  • Coffee;
  • Tea;
  • Sweet sodas or cokes.

4. Alcohol Drinks

These drinks are harmful to the neurological system. Despite some benefits of wine and related organic drinks, another alcohol assortment demonstrates several negative impacts:

  • damage to brain nerves and their ties;
  • increase glucose rates;
  • deteriorate cognitive, cardiovascular, movement, and nephrological functions.

5. Inorganic GMO products

Inorganic GMO products with chemical substances for growth stimulation are less effective neuropathy-treating diet options. Such foods provide organisms with micro and macronutrient elements doubtful for the health welfare due to their disputing chemical content. 

Contact Lone Star Neurology to Find out More Information about Individual Neuropathy-Approved Diet 

Neuropathy is a complicated neurological disorder that could hardly be treatable for diabetes-positive patients. As such, recovery approaches are more successful if the neurologists adjust pharmaceutical prescriptions jointly with meal plan corrections. Our Lone Star Neurology doctors build comprehensive treatment programs with medical, dietary, and physical measures for peripheral neuropathy patients with a high glycaemic index. We provide our services in different cities in Texas, including Dallas, Fort Worth, Frisco, and others.


  • Does diet make neuropathy worse?

Neuropathy symptoms will worsen if your diet habits include fatty and gluten-contained foods, inorganic GMO products, and alcoholic and caffeine drinks. Any failure in dietary formula recommendations provokes several accompanying diseases which deteriorate psychosomatic functions,  damage the digestive system, and increase blood pressure.

  • How do you calm down neuropathy?

To mitigate neuropathy signs, you may apply some valuable rules:

– regular physical activities like yoga, outdoor walks, and flexibility exercises;

– healthy organic foods to avoid factors with high neuropathy risks;

– medical products and prescriptions recommended by the treating neurologists;

– psychological sessions to eliminate the internal psychosomatic triggers.

  • Can you drink wine with neuropathy?

Alcoholic drinks damage nerve cells and deteriorate cardiovascular motor and cognitive functions. The neurology qualifies the particular neuropathy type provoked by high alcohol consumption. However, diabetologists consider low rates of red organic wine positively affect the whole health state and strengthen the neurological system.

  • Does caffeine aggravate neuropathy?

Caffeine refers to neuropathy tolerant products. The constant consumption of caffeine-enriched meals increases painful perceptions typical for neuropathy progress symptoms.

  • What is the difference between alcoholic neuropathy and diabetic neuropathy?

Alcoholic neuropathy means severely deteriorated or dysfunctional nerve system symptoms provoked by alcohol addiction. Alcohol, sugar, or yeast-contained ingredients lead to harmful reactions, which increase pinched nerve consequences. Simultaneously, diabetic neuropathy has the same signs, which could be expanded due to unbalanced dietary formulas.

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Since my first post my thoughts have changed here. It's unfortunate. My doctor and PA were great, but the office staff... is horrible. They never call you back when they say they will, they misinform you, they cause you too much stress wondering what's going on, they don't keep you posted. They never answer the phone. At this point I've left four messages in the last week, and I have sent three messages. Twice from their portal and one direct email. No response. My appointment is on Monday morning at 8:30am, no confirmation on my insurance and what's going on. What the heck is going on, this is ridiculous!I've given up... the stress her office staff has put me through is just not worth it. You can do so much better, please clean house, either change out your office staff, or find a way for them to be more efficient please. You have to do something. This is not how you want to run your practice. It leaves a very bad impression on your more
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  1. 01/07/2023

    Thanks for letting me know about what to eat and not to eat. I have a few physical things going on with my health and I’m scared of the out come of each one. I’m a care giver and I’m struggling with what’s going on with me.

  2. 01/07/2023

    I am so glad I found this site. I am pretty sure I have Neuropathy in my feet. I have never had pain like this in my life. I really learned a lot from this site. I am a chocolate addict and also I love oranges and was eating about 3 a day. The pain in my feet was unbearable and I new I had to do something to relieve the pain. I was sure my diet must have something to do with it and after reading your comments I gave up all sweets and within a few days the pain was gone.
    I hope to eliminate all the sweets from my diet and also the oranges which I love . But I have never had pain like that before and hopefully by changing my diet to eliminate all the sweets and oranges, it will keep this under control.

  3. 11/07/2023

    This is a helpfull to me and I’m to have come across this thank you very much 🙂

  4. 29/09/2023

    i am so glad i found this site, it help me a lot to learn about neuropathy and how to take care of myself better, thank you so much for the information, may god bless you all.

  5. 09/10/2023

    This is so helpful I have neuropathy in both my hands and it is so painful ,so now I must change my diet
    I have a very sweet tooth ,sweets cakes ,ect so from now on I will be cutting them all out ,

    • 20/02/2024

      I’ve been taking Gabapentin for a couple of years now and it helps tremendously when it comes to the pain. I am on the maximum dosage a doctor can prescribe and it helps a lot. Eating the right foods along with taking this makes a huge difference in the pain I feel on a daily basis as well. Talk with your doctor and see if this is an option for you.

  6. 26/10/2023

    Thanks for your site I have learnt a lot about diet and it’s effects on my peripheral neuropathy

  7. 05/11/2023

    I’m glad I found this site. Very informative Thanks, I’ll try to use the information and see how it will help me. I’m in a very painful state, from my waist down to my ankles . I pray it helps

  8. 15/12/2023

    I come across this site when I google my symptoms. this information is very helpful it aids my understanding of the disease and give me tips on what to incorporate into my diet and also the effect of some food and what to avoid.

  9. 28/12/2023

    This web site truly has all the information and facts I wanted concerning
    this subject and didn?t know who to ask.

  10. 03/01/2024

    Excellent post. I was checking continuously this weblog and I
    am inspired! Very helpful info specially the ultimate pat 🙂 I maintain such info a lot.

    I was seeking this particular information for a long time.

    Thanks and good luck.

  11. 07/01/2024

    This has helped me a lot, I’m avoiding as much as I can,I’m starving half the time, but I’m eating hummus and a lot of vegetables and fruits, I have pins and needles through my eyelids jaw and lower body, this is tough living

  12. 16/01/2024

    Everything is very open with a clear clarification of the challenges.
    It was definitely informative. Your site is extremely helpful.
    Thank you for sharing!

  13. 18/01/2024

    Thanks for another magnificent article.
    The place else may just anybody get that type of information in such a perfect way of writing?
    I have a presentation subsequent week, and I am at the look for such information.

  14. 20/01/2024

    Thanks a lot I will change my diet and discipline myself to eat healthy
    Once more thank you very much

  15. 29/01/2024

    I’m browsing the web this morning after another painful night with neuropathy, almost fell for another scheme concerning neuropathy, buying this bottle of pills will take the neuropathy away. I am so desperate I am so tired of the pain and my feet ankles and hands Never even consider the thought that maybe diet would be a big big part of my neuropathy, so glad I came across this article now that I know what I can’t eat that’s big you’re out what I can eat out myself get better. Again thanks

  16. 01/02/2024

    I’m so happy I found this site. My diabetic self help is not working.
    I’m in constant pain and need help in maintaining my health.
    I don’t know what foods to eat.
    Exercise helps somewhat but I need nutrition guidance.

  17. 01/02/2024

    I’m thankful for finding this site. Now I understand why I have body aches!!

  18. 11/02/2024

    Thanks a lot for this information, now I know my type of neuropathy and how to deal with it. However is there an interactive diabetics forum you can link me with, where we can rub minds and share ideas please?

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  20. 25/02/2024

    This helped me a lot. I didn’t start having neuropathy until I started chemo in 2023. Although I’m a diabetic I never had neuropathy, when I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2003. This site has open my eyes on the do’s and don’ts for neuropathy. Thanks for this site.

  21. 26/02/2024

    Thank you verymuch for the information on Neuropathy.So helpful and motivating.Im in Zimbabwe

  22. 13/03/2024

    I recently had a prostatectomy following a cancer diagnosis. I’ve been suffering from neuropathy fo some time now – not sure if it really is a form of diabetic neuropathy or not, but felt that after cutting out sugar and gluten some time ago my symptoms lessened. After my surgery I stopped drinking tea but have recently started again. I am now quite sure that my neuropathy symptoms have returned as a result of my addiction to strong tea. I was drinking at least 4 or 5 cups of very strong tea every morning and I’m now deciding that I have to stop doing this, fingers crossed this is going to greatly lessen my problem along with returning to my gluten free diet.

  23. 16/03/2024

    I am 46 years old, going through chemo for breast cancer. I developed neuropathy in my hands and feet. It’s been tough. I am very independent and when I can’t walk or open a bottle of water on my own, it is soo devastating to me mentally. My nurse told me about the yogurt so I decided to look up foods I can and cannot have. This site has given me some hope of being back somewhat normal. Along with my cold therapy socks and gloves , I believe the foods I add to my diet that I can have to help will make life alot easier physically. Thank you soo much.

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