Nerventrax is a new supplement on the market that claims its blend of “Essential 5” vitamins can provide relief from the painful effects of peripheral neuropathy, a condition common in diabetes patients that can lead to the amputation of limbs.
We’re happy that you’re here and that you’re reading about this supplement. We want to help you as you search for a way to offset the numbness, tingling and pain associated with neuropathy.
Part of the reason we’re so interested in this subject is because we’ve done some research and reading on our own. We’ve read about the effects of neuropathy, the pain that it causes and the way that it can literally stop you in your tracks because walking can be excruciating.
You’ve probably come here because you’re tired of the daily tingling in your feet or the pain you experience when you do something as simple as walking to the mailbox.
We’re right there with you; we really want you to find a way to offset this painful condition. So, we’ve examined the Nerventrax website, done some research and come to some conclusions about whether or not this product can help you.
Our review of Nerventrax is going to cover four areas: What is it? What does it claim to do? What does the science say? And finally, our conclusions.
By the end of this review, we hope you’ll feel informed enough to make a good decision about whether or not you want to buy some bottles of Nerventrax. We’re not going to feed you a bunch of fluff; just the facts.
So what exactly does Nerventrax claim to do?
Nerventrax’s claim to fame, according to them is that it can “reduce the pain, burning and discomfort associated with peripheral nueropathy. Now, when we read that, our first instinct was to ask, “How the heck does this supplement do that?!”
Well, Nerventrax explains their supplement’s supposed healing powers by giving a quick overview of the “Essential 5” ingredient combination that they say is “highly potent” and “leaps several paces ahead of any neuropathy support formula ever created.”
Wow. Those are huge claims. The evidence we gathered seems to dispute those claims, but more on that later.
For now, let’s stick with the Essential 5’s supposed benefits for your or your loved one or friend’s neuropathy.
The last member of the Essential 5 is L-Carnitine, which supposedly is used to activate the pain-killing benefits of R-ALA.
So, as you can see, these five ingredients are basically like a team, Nerventrax claims, that work together to repair your nerve cells and ease the pain of neuropathy.
The company’s proprietary blend of ginger, black cohosh, quercetin and other ingredients also supposedly help with pain reduction and nerve repair.
The Nerventrax website says that the supplement was “previously only available through referral” and that it’s an “award-winning and trusted formula.”
In fact, the website says, if you use their supplement you won’t have any need for painkillers, anti-depressants or pharmaceutical drugs. We feel as though these claims are very dangerous and we’ll tell you exactly why in our conclusions section.
What does the science say about the effectiveness of Nerventrax’s ingredients?
Every supplement must face the moment of truth. What does the science say? Is the pill really as fantastic as it sounds?
Now, a lot of consumers would rather buy first and ask questions later, especially because many supplement websites make it really easy for you to purchase their product.
The reason we like to use scientific evidence to bring supplements to the “moment of truth” is so that you have a chance to set your excitement aside just long enough to decide whether or not buying the product will help your body heal.
The good news: Benfotiamine seems to help
We dug through some scientific journals and found several studies which say that benfotiamine could be a promising way to treat neuropathy in patients. Diabetes patients in a 2005 German study said benfotiamine helped decrease pain. A 2008 German study and a 1996 German study also said the vitamin shows promise for treating neuropathy.
Nerventrax contains 300 mg of benfotiamine per 2 pills. This level of B1 is at or near the levels used in the studies listed above.
The almost good news: Methylcobalamin helps in rats with neuropathy
Like benfotiamine, studies are pretty promising about methylcobalamin. This 1994 study from Japan’s Kyoto University Hospital shows the vitamin helps boost the process that rebuilds nerves affected by neuropathy. But, the patients in the study were rats.
This helpful chart shows how the drug has helped in various studies, but it’s important to note that in several of these studies the vitamin was administered via injections, not pills.
Nerventrax contains 2,000 micrograms of methylcobalamin per dose (2 pills), which exceeds the high doses given to rats in the 1994 studies.
The bad news: the healing powers of folic acid don’t have much support
Mayo Clinic rated the effectiveness of folic acid for combating various conditions. The clinic gave the vitamin an A, B, C, D and F grade. Folic acid’s effectiveness with neuropathy didn’t even make the grade (literally!) and was included in a section labeled “Uses based on tradition or theory”. This is a nice way of saying the science doesn’t back up the folic acid claims.
The extras: Pricing, shipping and returns
Nerventrax offers seven bottles for $239, five bottles for $197 and three bottles for $124. We didn’t find any evidence of auto-shipping, a trick used by many supplement companies to automatically charge you for more product on regular intervals according to how much you spent on your first order.
Returns can be made within 30 days of your order date. To make a return, you have to call Nerventrax’s customer service department to get a return number (RMA). The RMA must be included on the inside or outside of the container you use to return your supplements. The company’s customer care phone number is 800-409-3994.
Our conclusions about whether or not Nerventrax can help you
Nerventrax surprised us because studies say the two main vitamins in the pills have actually proven to be helpful to patients. Now, we’re not saying they’re going to heal you of your neuropathy pain. The scientific evidence isn’t conclusive enough to say, Yes, if you use Nerventrax you’ll feel less pain.
The company’s claims that their version of vitamin B1 can help with pain are pretty legitimate, according to studies. The claims they make about their version of vitamin B12 are not, based on the research we read, rock solid. Folic acid falls also falls short of the claims the company makes.
Research aside, we are very concerned about Nerventrax’s claims that you won’t need to take pharmaceuticals or pain-killers if you take their supplement. It is never advisable to drop your doctor-prescribed treatments for a supplement backed by marginal scientific research.
Also, the site claims that Nerventrax used to be a drug you could only get through prescription (referral), but we weren’t able to find any evidence to support this claim.
The site’s text is poorly written, which undercuts, in our opinion, its legitimacy.
Our advice, based on the research we’ve compiled, is to avoid Nerventrax.
However, one of the positives we found during our research is that studies show benfotiamine holds some promise as a pain reliever for neuropathic pain. We encourage you to talk with your doctor if you want to find out more on how B1 might be able to help with your neuropathy.