For people with diabetic peripheral neuropathy, most of the available treatment options only mask the pain and numbness caused by the common complication of diabetes, but fail to actually treat the underlying condition. Sometimes, neuropathy treatments do nothing at all.
For Gary Farnes, 10 years of numbness in his feet and fingers due to a cardiovascular problem wasn’t relieved by the l-arginine supplement the former medical industry exec was advised to take, so he – and his family – decided to delve into the science behind l-arginine in hopes of creating a product that worked.
The result is an all-natural, vegan supplement based on Nobel Prize-winning research that better addresses the relationship between l-arginine and circulation.
Gary was originally advised to take l-arginine because it has long been linked to boosting levels of nitric oxide, a molecule that is associated with dilating blood vessels, increasing blood flow throughout the body. Nitric oxide, however, is produced by the lining of the blood vessels, so when cardiovascular problems cause damage to vessels, nitric oxide production slows, along with circulation.
(Interestingly enough, nitroglycerin – which also boosts nitric oxide levels – was prescribed to Alfred Nobel, the founder of the Nobel Prize, more than 100 years ago, cementing the role nitric oxide plays in circulation.)
While researchers had made the connection between l-arginine and nitric oxide, they hadn’t yet connected l-arginine with l-citrulline, another amino acid that works in synergy with l-arginine, boosting its effects so that the amino acid can elevate nitric acid levels for 20 hours rather than two.
Harnessing the synergetic effects of the two has meant real benefits for users, said Trevor Farnes in a telephone interview from his Utah-based office.
While Neuropathy Relief was originally marketed for cardiovascular problems and was sold in health care settings, when those same cardiovascular patients began seeing long-term neuropathy problems eased, the company recognized the value of reaching out to the diabetic community.
“So many people saw relief from their pain and numbness,” said Farnes, who also had an original goal to circumvent the family history of cardiovascular problems and the accompanying complications. Developing a product that also assisted diabetics – especially as the diabetic population grows – was icing on the proverbial cake.
“The goal is to help those who are currently suffering from neuropathy and to help those on the pathway to developing neuropathy by offering a preventative way to increase circulation,” Farnes said.
With increased circulation, the risk of foot ulcers, infections, wounds that are slow to heal and amputations go down significantly, making the chance of such complications less likely.
Users report decreased numbness and pain as well as less burning and the “pins and needles” sensation, increased energy and endurance and lower blood pressure, according to the company’s website, with the benefits usually taking effect within seven to 10 days.
In addition to the two amino acids, Neuropathy Relief contains stevia to sweeten the powdered supplement, all-natural vitamins C, D, K2, folic acid, B3, B6 and B12, the minerals magnesium and chromium picolinate and black pepper extract.
For more information about Neuropathy Relief – $39 a bottle with free shipping or $30 per bottle for those who join the membership program – visit www.DiabeticReliefGroup.com.