Nutrients for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 51
Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
Menopause, hypothyrodism, obesity and other hormonal situations are all risk factors and potential causes for something that can effect upwards of 20% of the population – carpal tunnel syndrome. Here’s what you need to know about this syndrome and what you can do to naturally support healthy nerves and overall wellness.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
This condition is usually correlated with people sitting in front of a computer, typing on their keyboard repeatedly. It is a common condition that causes pain in the hands or arms and occurs when one of the main nerves in the hand is squeezed or compressed as it travels through the wrist. Carpal tunnel is a narrow pathway in the wrist that is about an inch wide. It offers protection for the nerves and tendons in the hand, but when the tunnel becomes narrowed or the tissues swell, it puts pressure on the median nerve causing symptoms like,
- Tingling in the wrist joint
- Pain within the wrist and first three fingers and forearm
Many people choose to undergo carpal tunnel surgery, which relieves the pain, numbness and tingling. There are over 500,ooo of these procedures done annually in the United States.
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Women who are pregnant and individuals that have diabetes (especially type 2) are also at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome.
Optimize Your Nervous System
The good news is there are specific nutrients that can help support a healthy nervous system.
- Omega-3 fatty acids are key, from fish oil and krill oil, which can help to offset inflammation in the body†
- B-vitamins, B6 in particular – evidence that in individuals with low B6 levels, higher risk of developing carpel tunnel syndrome†
- Alpha-Lipoic Acid and Alcetyl L-Carnitine, commonly called ALCAR, are powerful antioxidants that help target free radicals and oxidative stress. There is also some research that suggests this nutrient pair helps to support a healthy nervous system by preserving healthy nerve cell function.†
- Bromelain is sourced from the stems of pineapples and actually works in the body to stimulate the body’s digestive processes and support the digestion of proteins. But studies have shown Bromelain has been used in traditional European medicine to support muscle comfort and healthy immunity.
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