About Nerve Aid

By HighYa Staff
Published on: Sep 22, 2017

If you’re suffering from the burning, searing, tingling, and numbness caused by peripheral neuropathy, Nerve Aid’s blend of vitamins, herbs, and plant extracts promises to help.

Specifically, the company claims the dietary supplement is designed to nourish and heal damaged nerve tissue, restore and improve blood flow, decrease anxiety, and improve sleep. And since its ingredients are backed by science published in reputable peer-reviewed journals, we're told they're proven to handle even the toughest pain.

Wherever you fall on the pain scale, the physical discomfort caused by peripheral neuropathy can impact every part of your day, whether you're awake or asleep. But have you finally found a solution with Nerve Aid? Is it really the last nerve pain supplement you'll ever need, as claimed on the website?

Stick with us, and we’ll help you explore what we learned during our research, starting with a few quick basics.

What Causes Peripheral Neuropathy?

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), peripheral neuropathy is caused by damage to the peripheral nervous system, which is a “vast communications network that transmits information between the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and every other part of the body.”

Despite the fact that about 20 million Americans suffer from some form of neuropathy, they report that in many cases, a specific cause cannot be identified. Common ones include:

  • Physical injury, trauma, and repetitive stress – Sports-related activities, compressed or crushed nerves, broken and dislocated bones, ligament and tendon swelling, etc.
  • Diseases and other disorders – Autoimmune diseases, cancer, neuromas, different infections, etc.
  • Exposure to toxins – Environmental or industrial toxins, medications, heavy alcohol consumption, etc.

The specific treatment option for neuropathy largely depends on the underlying condition, although as mentioned on the Nerve Aid website, common choices include prescription medications and adopting a healthy lifestyle.

What about this supplement specifically? How does it promise to work?

Taking a Closer Look at Nerve Aid’s Ingredients

Based on the label displayed on Amazon, Nerve Aid contains the following ingredients:

  • Vitamin D 2,000IU
  • Vitamin K2 40µg
  • Thiamin B1 150mg
  • Riboflavin B2 4mg
  • Pyridoxine B6 4mg
  • Methylcobalamin B12 2µg
  • Zinc 11mg
  • Selenium 35µg
  • Copper 1mg
  • Manganese 1mg
  • Metabolic Blend 390mg: Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA), Berberine
  • Calming Blend 855mg: Bacopaside concentrate from bacopa monnieri, curcumin concentrate from turmeric, lycopene concentrate from tomato

The bottom line is that HighYa isn’t staffed by scientific or clinical experts. So, when addressing whether or not the cumulative evidence indicates that an ingredient is classified as ‘effective’ for a given claim, we rely on authoritative sites like WebMD, Examine.com, and the Natural Medicines Database.

Together, these sites report that between 1,500mg and 3,000mg of acetyl-l-carnitine per day is possibly effective for reducing neuropathy caused by diabetes. However, it appears to work best in “people who have not had diabetes for a long time, or who have poorly controlled type 2 diabetes.”

They also report that between 600mg and 1,200mg of ALA per day has been shown to help improve burning, pain, and limb numbness in those with diabetes.

Outside of this, these sites indicate there’s insufficient clinical evidence available indicating that any of Nerve Aid’s remaining ingredients can meaningfully address neuropathy-related pain and discomfort.

Will Nerve Aid Cause Side Effects?

WebMD and the Natural Medicines Database report that the majority of Nerve Aid’s ingredients aren’t likely to cause side effects. And if they do, they likely won’t involve more than mild, temporary digestive upset (no specific circumstances noted).

However, at 2,000IU, this supplement contains five times the recommended daily amount (RDA) of vitamin D, which WebMD indicates could lead to side effects like weakness, fatigue, sleepiness, dry mouth, and a metallic taste.

In addition, Nerve Aid contains about 150 times the recommended daily allowance of vitamin B1, although no side effects were noted by these sites. You’ll also encounter four times the RDA of riboflavin per serving, which WebMD indicates could lead to side effects like diarrhea and an increase in urine.

Finally, acetyl-l-carnitine has been shown in some instances (again, no specifics provided) to cause side effects like restlessness and a "fishy" odor of the urine, breath, and sweat.

How Much Does Nerve Aid Cost?

If purchased directly from the manufacturer, Nerve Aid is available in the following quantities:

  • 1 Bottle (90 capsules): $69.95, plus $6.95 S&H
  • 3 Bottles: $129.95, plus $12.95 S&H
  • 6 Bottles: $149.95, plus $14.95 S&H

One and three-bottle options were also available through Amazon at the time of our research for the same prices.

All direct Nerve Aid orders come with a 90-day money back guarantee, less S&H. However, per their terms, this only applies to unopened bottles. In order to request one, support can be reached at 888-627-4515 or nerveessentials@rhinosupport.com.

Are There Any Online Customer Reviews For Nerve Aid?

We found 13 customer reviews on Amazon, where the supplement had an average rating of 2.3 stars. There, many compliments related to effective results (e.g., reduced pain, decreased burning and tingling, etc.) and ease of use.

On the other hand, complaints frequently related to no results.

From a company perspective, Nerve Aid is manufactured by Nerve Essentials, although they weren’t listed with the Better Business Bureau at the time of our research.

What about Dr. Darren Kalanj, who was mentioned on the supplement’s website? He is a chiropractic doctor who founded Arrowhead Health Centers based in Mesa, AZ. While he seems to be a spokesperson for Nerve Aid, we didn’t find any indication that he helped formulate or provide professional input on the supplement.

Nerve Aid vs. Other Nerve Pain Supplements

Even if this is your first time investigating a supplement-based solution for your peripheral neuropathy, a quick online search for terms like “neuropathy supplement” or “nerve supplement” will quickly show you just how many third-party products are competing with Nerve Aid.

What's more, we found the majority of these competitors were priced somewhere between $20 and $50, putting Nerve Aid at the upper end of the spectrum (depending on how many bottles you purchase). While we didn't encounter anything containing the same formulation, some competitors used one or more of the same ingredients.

Given this wide variety of options, formulations, and price points, how can you decide which supplement is more deserving of your money?

Perhaps the most important consideration is this: According to reputable organizations like the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Diabetes Association (to name just two), unless you’re deficient in the ingredients they contain, taking dietary supplements is generally not recommended.

Combined with the fact that—like most types of pain—peripheral neuropathy is more of a symptom than it is a cause, it’s important to start by speaking with your doctor if you’re thinking about using a supplement in search of relief.

If they give you the green light, here are a few things you should look for in a company and their product:

  • Competitive pricing with realistic S&H charges
  • No ‘free’ trials or enrollment in automatic shipping programs
  • A clearly listed supplement facts label, including dosages, with little-to-no proprietary blends (which don’t provide dosages)
  • A manufacturer listed with the Better Business Bureau, and who holds a mostly positive online customer reputation

How does all of this line up for NerveAid?

Our Bottom Line About Nerve Aid

Although Nerve Aid is priced meaningfully higher than many other neuropathy dietary supplements, there aren’t any trials or recurring shipments after purchasing, and the company seems to stand behind it with a 90-day refund policy. This means you might not be out more than a few bucks on shipping charges if you're dissatisfied.

Furthermore, the manufacturer, while not listed with the BBB, also provides a complete list of ingredients, including most dosages, although six are part of proprietary blends.

On the flip side, as we learned earlier from sites like the Natural Medicines Database, WebMD, and Examine.com, most of Nerve Aid’s ingredients are reported to have insufficient clinical evidence that they can address any aspect of peripheral neuropathy.

And of those ingredients with clinical evidence available, such as acetyl-l-carnitine and ALA, the supplement's proprietary blend doesn't seem to contain the same levels as those in supporting studies.

For example: Between acetyl-l-carnitine and ALA, authoritative sites report you’d need to take a combined dosage of somewhere between 2,100mg and 4,200mg per day to achieve any benefits. However, Nerve Aid’s proprietary Metabolic Blend only contains a total of 390mg—and this is split between three different ingredients.

The bottom line is that neuropathy doesn’t just impact almost every moment of your life—it can also represent a potentially serious underlying medical condition.

For this reason, we think you’d get the most value for your money by making an appointment with your doctor and discussing whether or not a supplement like Nerve Aid makes sense, based on your specific diagnosis, before handing over your hard-earned money.

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