The Natural Way: Ease your neuropathy
Here is an interesting natural product which crosses between the typical prescribed medicines and yet is fully sourced from nutritional supplements. The prescription drug is named Metanx and can only be gotten from a medical doctor. However, it is made up of three nutritional supplements which can be bought cheaply from specialty supplement stores. The following is a cut and paste description of Metanx from Wikipedia online;
“MetanX is a prescription medical food made by Pamlab that contains L-methylfolate (as Metafolin, a calcium salt of vitamin B9), methylcobalamin (vitamin B12) and pyridoxal 5’-phosphate (vitamin B6). It is a vitamin B supplement. Metanx is indicated for the dietary management of peripheral neuropathy.”
It is important to note that no medical claims can be made from the use of methylfolate, methyl B12 and vitamin B6 when used in combination if bought from a supplement store. However, the prescribed drug that includes these three supplements is approved for medical use at reducing or lessening the pain of neuropathy. Neuropathy is a condition of the nerves that is very painful.
Importantly, two of these B vitamins in supplement form have to be absorbed by melting a lozenge in the mouth (they taste good) and one has to be swallowed. Two of the three have to have the “methyl” prefix as well. The biggest difference I see between the supplements and the prescribed drug, is how many you take at a time as the prescribed puts it all in one pill. Likely, the supplements will be cheaper as you get 50-100 in each bottle. Of course, medical insurance plays a role in price, too.
Nerve pain (neuropathy) can come from a number of ailments. Shingles, diabetes, low back injury (sciatica) or arthritis and even surgeries come to mind. The scientific/medical studies done on Metanx are very good and passed muster with the powers that be.
This is a new addition to the pharmacy of natural supplements that have crossed into the world of conventional medicine. Some of the others are DHEA, vitamin D and vitamin B12. For so long, regular western medicine has fought against the use and value of nutritional supplements but now seem to be moving into embracing them. Times are changing ... I’m happy for that.