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What Vitamins & Minerals Can Help With Nerve Regeneration

What Vitamins & Minerals Can Help With Nerve  Regeneration

Sep  8, 2011 | By Joseph McAllister

Joseph McAllister

Joseph McAllister has worked as a writer since 2003. He  has more than seven years of experience in training and coaching martial arts.  McAllister writes for various websites on a variety of topics including martial  arts, competition and fitness. He graduated from Liberty University on a full  ride National Merit Scholarship with a Bachelor of Science in print  journalism.

The nutrients your nervous system requires can be provided by your diet or by supplement pills.
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Your body primarily needs vitamins to help maintain  healthy nerves. The most important vitamins in nerve regeneration are the  vitamin B complex, particularly thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 and B-12.  While your nervous system does use minerals, they are primarily not involved in  nerve regeneration.


Thiamin, also known as vitamin B-1, is one of the eight  water-soluble B vitamins your body needs for proper nerve function. Thiamin is  also involved in the production of DNA, which your nerve cells need in order to  reproduce properly. A thiamin deficiency can lead to nerve damage, with  resulting neurological symptoms like numbness in your limbs. Adult males need at  least 1.2 mg of thiamin daily, while women need 1.1 mg. You can get thiamin from  foods like legumes, whole grains and lean pork.

Pantothenic Acid

According to the Linus Pauling Institute, pantothenic  acid — also called vitamin B-5 — helps build and protect the myelin sheath, a  covering over your nerve cells that enhances signal transmission. While a  pantothenic acid deficiency is rare in humans, it may lead to nerve damage due  to the myelin sheath degenerating. Humans need 5 milligrams of pantothenic acid,  which is found in a variety of foods, including yeast, eggs and broccoli. You  can also get pantothenic acid from whole grains, fish, chicken, milk and milk  products.


Niacin, or vitamin B-3, is not only involved in  building, repairing and maintaining your nervous system. It also helps your body  metabolize energy from the food you eat. A niacin deficiency is known as  pellagra, and includes neurological symptoms such as headaches, fatigue,  confusion and memory loss. Adult males need 16 mg daily, while women need 14.  Niacin is found abundantly in animal products, like meat, poultry, and fish. It  is also found in yeast, cereal, legumes and seeds.

Vitamin B-12

Vitamin B-12 is one of the most important vitamins for  nerve regeneration. B-12 is necessary to build healthy nerve and blood cells,  and your body needs it to make DNA. A B-12 deficiency can result in nerve  problems like numbness in your limbs, problems with balance and memory loss.  According to the National Institutes of Health, adults need 2.4 micrograms of  B-12 daily. The most common dietary sources of B-12 include fish, meat, poultry,  eggs, milk and milk products.


  • Linus Pauling Institute; Thiamin; June  2007
  • Linus Pauling Institute; Pantothenic Acid; April  2008
  • Linus Pauling Institute; Niacin; August  2002
  • Office of Dietary Supplements; Dietary Supplement  Fact Sheet: Vitamin B12
Article reviewed by MER Last updated on: Sep  8, 2011

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