The nervous system consists of the brain, spinal cord, sensory organs, and all of the nerves that connect these organs with the rest of the body. Together, these organs are responsible for the control of the body and communication among its parts. The brain and spinal cord form the control center known as the central nervous system, where information is evaluated and decisions made. The sensory nerves and sense organs of the peripheral nervous system monitor conditions inside and outside of the body and send this information to the Central nervous system. Nerves in the Peripheral Nervous System carry signals from the control center to the muscles, glands, and organs to regulate their functions.
In this article we are focusing on the Peripheral Nervous System. Specifically your Nerves. Nerves act as information highways to carry signals between the brain and spinal cord and the rest of the body. Toxins pose a significant threat to the nervous system.
Some of the toxins we’re exposed to frequently include:
- Chemical solvents
- Pesticides & herbicides
- Excessive caffeine
- Refined sugar
- White flour
- Hydrogenated oils
Luckily certain nutrients offer nerve-specific benefits. B – vitamins, Magnesium, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Silica, Alpha Lipoic Acid, potassium, antioxidants to which we will go over below.
All B vitamins are essential for nerve function. Vitamin B12 is particularly important in preventing nerve damage. There are eight kinds of B vitamins and in this video we will go over the impact of 4 these B vitamins on the health of nerve cells.
Vitamin B1 or Thiamin promotes the proper functioning and normal growth of the nervous system and plays an important role in nerve communication and in maintaining sensory nerve conduction.
Riboflavin is a key player in helping the other B vitamins perform their necessary functions. Of particular relevance to Neuropathy sufferers is the role Riboflavin plays in helping Vitamin B6 perform its vital functions.
Vitamin B6 carries out many functions. Among them, it helps the body make neurotransmitters that carry signals from one nerve cell to another. These transmitters are essential for maintaining nerve health.
A lack of Vitamin B12 damages the myelin sheath that surrounds and protect nerves and presents symptoms like Pain, numbness, and tingling in hands or feet. It is responsible for the production and maintenance of myelin. Without this protection, nerves cease to function properly and conditions such as peripheral neuropathy occur.
Magnesium is one nutrient that recent research has found to be lacking in the diets of most people, and a nutrient which deficiency may be the cause, of so much nervous illness. Magnesium exerts a depressant effect upon the nerves and has also been shown effective in controlling convulsions, in pregnant women, epileptic seizures, and “the shakes” in alcoholics.
When a person’s magnesium level is subnormal, the nerves are unable to control such functions as muscle movement, respiration, and mental processes. Twitching, irregular heartbeat, irritability, and nervous fatigue are symptoms of what is frequently found to be magnesium depletion. Lastly, Magnesium also orchestrates the electric current that sparks through the miles of nerves in our body.
A four-year study on the benefits of the antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid found significant symptom improvement for impaired nerve function in diabetics. Alpha-lipoic acid also helps slow progression of nerve impairment.
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