Juicing is a great way of getting extra fruits and veggies in your diet, especially when you are not a fan of them. Though juicing is not healthier than consuming whole fruits and vegetables it can still be a way of getting additional nutrients and bioactive compounds that are not present regularly in your diet. 
FDA refers to ‘juice directly expressed from a fruit or vegetable (i.e., not concentrated and reconstituted)’ as 100% juice and if it is reconstituted using juice concentrate, it is referred to as 100% juice only if it meets Brix concentrations which are physical parameters such colour, flavour, acidity. 
A study published in Advances in Nutrition, 2015 revealed that making an exception for fibre and vitamin C, the vitamin and mineral content of a ½ cup of whole fruit is similar to that of the vitamin and mineral content of a ½ cup of 100% fruit juice. 
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines For Americans have confirmed the health benefits of 100% fruit juice and state that it can help people meet the daily fruit intake recommendations. Further, they state that ‘100% fruit juice is a nutrient-dense beverage that should be a primary choice, along with water and low-fat/fat-free milk.’
Those who consume 100% fruit juice were closer to meeting daily fruit intake limits and had better diet quality than non-consumers. (Satisfying America’s Fruit Gap: Summary of an Expert Roundtable on the Role of 100% Fruit Juice, Journal of Food Science, 2017) 
Juice blends are considered as a great way of including nutritious fruits and vegetables which were otherwise not consumed owing to their bitter taste and astringency. 
Juicing vegetables and fruits for peripheral neuropathy may not serve as a cure but can help in the following ways:
- Improve antioxidant defences
- Provide bioactives that are not readily available in the diet, and that can help reduce inflammation and oxidative damage
- Provide an extra dose of vitamins and minerals that support nerve repair
- Help regulate blood sugar control and metabolic health that can benefit in diabetic neuropathy
- Improve metabolic health and benefit in peripheral neuropathy occurring due to metabolic syndrome
20 Awesome Raw Foods To Juice For Peripheral Neuropathy
Let’s explore potential fruits and vegetables that you can include in your juice for peripheral neuropathy and nerve repair.
Table of Contents
- 1 20 Awesome Raw Foods To Juice For Peripheral Neuropathy
- 1.1 1.Greens
- 1.2 2.Carrot
- 1.3 3.Beetroot
- 1.4 4.Cucumber
- 1.5 5.Tomato
- 1.6 6.Pineapple
- 1.7 7.Cherry
- 1.8 8.Berries
- 1.9 9.Citrus fruits
- 1.10 10.Pomegranate
- 1.11 11.Grapes
- 1.12 12.Jamun
- 1.13 13.Turmeric root
- 1.14 14.Ginger root
- 1.15 15.Aloe vera
- 1.16 16.Holy basil or Tulsi
- 1.17 17.Mint
- 1.18 18.Indian Gooseberry
- 1.19 19.Kokum or Garcinia Indica
- 1.20 20.Other Nutrition Boosting Ingredients For Nerve Damage Recovery
- 2 Blending or Juicing? Which is better for Peripheral Neuropathy treatment?
- 3 Juicing Recipes Resources For Peripheral Neuropathy To Get You Started
- 4 Precautions with Juicing
- 5 Conclusion
A Quick Note: No study till date has examined the effect of juicing on peripheral neuropathy, but studies employing vegetarian/vegan diet have reported positive effects such as reduction in nerve pain or complete resolution of symptoms.
Most studies quoted below are pre-clinical studies, and it is quite possible that you may not get clinically relevant doses of nutrients just by consuming juices. Juicing should be practised as add-on therapy to supplement your regular diet and is not meant to replace your meals or conventional medicines/supplements.
Green juices are found to be great for boosting antioxidant defences. 
Peripheral neuropathy involves nerve damage that is occurs as a result of several factors and one of them is oxidative stress. Elevating antioxidant defences can help counteract oxidative stress and prevent nerve damage.
The high polyphenol content of fresh vegetable juices can lower blood sugar levels which can benefit in diabetic neuropathy. 
A vegan diet coupled with exercise can help improve blood flow, improve blood sugar levels and thus reduce the risk of developing diabetic neuropathy. 
Some greens that you could juice for reversing nerve damage are:
It is a good source of magnesium which helps relieve nerve pain. It also contains vitamin B2, B6, folate which lower neuropathic pain and support nerve regeneration (Read Vitamin B benefits for neuropathy).
Other nutrients in spinach that possibly benefit from neuropathy are vitamin A, vitamin E and copper. Vitamin A increases the level of nerve growth factor (a protein that supports nerve repair and regeneration), and deficiency of vitamin E and copper may cause peripheral neuropathy.   
Wheatgrass is a good source of Vitamin E, A and B complex and minerals such as copper, manganese, zinc. 
Indeed insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome can cause peripheral neuropathy by depositing fats in the nerve, lowering antioxidant defences and triggering inflammation. 
Consuming wheatgrass juice may help improve metabolic health and prevent nerve damage.
You probably must have seen this one coming 😉. Apparently, 1 cup of kale provides 206% DV of vitamin A and 684% DV of vitamin K.
Kale juice supplementation with regular meals lowers blood lipids and reduces the risk of heart disease in individuals with hyperlipidemia. 
A study published in Neuro Endocrinology Letters, 2013 points out that hyperlipidemia affects the ability of nerves to conduct electric impulses and this negative influence may cause peripheral neuropathy. 
Apart from nutrients, kale also provides prebiotic carbohydrates or food for our gut bacteria. 
- Broccoli and Broccoli Sprouts
Raw broccoli is a good source of vitamin C, A and K and also provides some vegan protein.
Sulforaphane present in broccoli sprouts could reduce oxidative stress and prevent peripheral neuropathy, especially in diabetes. 
Celery provides a decent mix of Vitamin A, K, E, B complex and minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese etc.
This leafy green is a rich source of a compound known as isofuranodiene present in its essential oil. 
Isofuranodiene is a neuritogenic compound- it increases the levels of nerve growth factor proteins. 
Celery juice may hold benefits for nerve damage and pain occurring as a result of chemotherapy induced toxicity.
Treatment with doxorubicin is associated with patient-reported (chemotherapy induced) peripheral neuropathy.  Interestingly, celery juice is found to raise antioxidant defences which were otherwise lowered by doxorubicin. 
Cabbage is another cruciferous vegetable like kale and broccoli that is a good source of Vitamin C, K, B complex and also folate.
There are many different types of cabbages, but the ones that attract the interest of researchers are white cabbage and red-purple cabbage. The red-purple cabbage provides antioxidants known as anthocyanins that are good for heart health.
Cabbage is found to prevent type 2 diabetes and is also referred to as a ‘dietary cancer inhibitor’. 
- Other noteworthy leafy greens
Here are a few other leafy greens that you could include in your juice for peripheral neuropathy recovery:
- Swiss Chards: Contains Vitamin A, C, K
- Collard greens: Contains Vitamin A, C, K and manganese
- Romaine lettuce: Contains Vitamin A, K and folate
- Mustard Greens: Contains Vitamin A, C, K, copper and manganese
1 cup of raw chopped carrots provide 428% DV vitamin A. It also contains vitamin C, K, E and B complex.
Carrots are the origin of the name carotenoids- the red-orange pigments present in the root that serve as antioxidants.
Fermented carrot juice shows improvement in type 2 diabetes in an animal model.  This indirect therapeutic action of carrot juice may help reduce neuropathic pain in diabetic neuropathy; but this aspect is yet to be confirmed by human studies.
Daily carrot juice consumption improves plasma carotenoid levels and lowers oxidative stress in patients treated for breast cancer. This could be of relevance to chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy and neurotoxicity. 
Vitamin A present in carrots benefit in peripheral neuropathy by boosting nerve growth factor (proteins that boost and support nerve development) which can reduce nerve pain and support nerve repair. 
Beetroot is considered as a good source of dietary nitrate that can help protect heart health. The red violet pigments of beetroot are known as betalain and are highly bioactive.
Consumption of beetroot juice may have modest benefits for metabolic and heart health, and this may lower oxidative stress and aid in the treatment of peripheral neuropathy occurring as a result of high cholesterol levels or metabolic syndrome.  
Cucumber is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family like melon, squash and pumpkins. Cucumber juice is popular as cooling agent especially during summers in India.
Apart from its hydrating effect, it also found to have lipid-lowering and antioxidant properties. 
Green cucumber juice is found to reduce oxidative damage and prevent complications in diabetes. 
Though it doesn’t have the best nutritional profile among the green vegetables, it is a good source of phytonutrients such as cucurbitacins, flavonoids and lignans.
Unless you are allergic to tomatoes, there seems to be no reason why you should not include this fruit in your juicing regime.
Tomatoes are a good source of vitamin A, C, K and dietary antioxidant lycopene. They also have a good water content of about 95%.
Bromelain present in pineapple is popular as a natural anti-inflammatory agent and as a digestion aid.
Fresh pineapple juice is found to reduce inflammation in animal models of chronic inflammatory diseases.  Lowering inflammation can help lower nerve pain and initiate repair of the damaged nerves.
Consumption of pineapple juice also boosts antioxidant defences in humans. 
A recent study published in Medical Oncology, 2017 highlights how a proprietary supplement helps improve chemotherapy-induced neuropathy and bromelain happens to be one of the ingredients of this dietary supplement. 
Cherries are rich in polyphenols, anthocyanins, hydroxycinnamates which are present in various berries as well but apparently the ones isolated from cherry are more active.
It also a good source of vitamin A, C, K, E and also contains minerals such as calcium and magnesium. The polyphenol content of the fruit contributes to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. 
A study published in Integrative Medicine, 2015 reported the use tart cherry juice for treating peripheral neuropathy. 
In this study 12 patients with either HIV neuropathy, chemotherapy-induced neuropathy or neuropathy due to spinal disorders or unknown causes were enrolled in the study. Individuals with diabetic neuropathy were excluded from the study.
All patients were on multiple medications for neuropathy for two years without significant improvement.
They were asked to consume 4oz of tart cherry juice twice a day for 14 days. The juice used was a combination of Prunus cerasus, Prunus acids, Prunus avium, and Prunus fructicosa. Commercially the juice was labelled as ‘100% cherry juice from concentrate’.
More than 50% of the patients reported a greater than 50% reduction in neuropathic pain after consuming tart cherry juice for 2 weeks. No adverse effects were reported.
Two patients did not experience any improvement in neuropathic pain. One limitation of the study was that the sample population was very small.
One simple reason why you should include berries in your juice is that they are so colourful. And indeed their colours indicate their polyphenol content.
Some common berries that are actively researched upon are blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, elderberries, cranberries etc. The antioxidant activity of the berries arises from polyphenols and flavonoids present in them.
The presence of flavonoids and vitamin C makes berry juices an excellent natural aid to improve antioxidant defences in compromised states. 
The berries also provide vitamins, minerals and fibre. Resveratrol is one important antioxidant that is derived from various fruits, especially berries.
This compound has many health benefits ranging from anti-cancer to cardioprotection, but its efficacy is limited by its low absorption in our body.
Pre-clinical research reveals that resveratrol lowers nerve pain and benefits in diabetic neuropathy. Juicing berries is a great way of getting resveratrol that can help lower oxidative stress and support nerve repair.
Vitamin C present in citrus fruits serves an excellent antioxidant. A recent study published in Journal of Translational Medicine, 2017 reported that vitamin C functions as a natural pain-relieving agent. 
High dose vitamin C reduces nerve pain occurring in herpes infection. It possibly acts by supporting the synthesis of endogenous opioids in the body that mitigate pain.
In an animal model, Vitamin C is found to enhance the pain-relieving effect of gabapentin- a drug used to relieve neuropathic pain. 
Research studies have not clearly established whether supplementing with high dose Vitamin C can benefit in peripheral neuropathy and reduce neuropathic pain but there is no harm of acquiring it from fresh juices.
Carotenoids are natural pigments present in the citrus fruits. Research suggests that these carotenoids are more readily available to the body from the fruit pulp rather than fresh juice. 
Adding the zest of citrus fruit peels to the juice would boost the nutritional value and taste.
Pomegranates have several health benefits such as cancer prevention, protection from heart diseases, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant etc. 
Pomegranate juice contains fructose, glucose, sucrose and organic acids such as malic acid, ascorbic acid, citric acid. It is also rich in polyphenols.
Ellagic acid is an antioxidant present in pomegranate that has an anti-nociceptive effect (blocks painful sensations) that helps reduce nerve pain. 
A study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine demonstrated that pomegranate extracts attenuate nerve pain by mediating antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect. 
Pomegranate juice consumption elevates the levels of our natural antioxidant enzyme.  It may also lower inflammation and insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes patients which can aid in prevention of complications.  
Grapes and their products are a key source of antioxidant resveratrol.
Resveratrol may potentially benefit from diabetic neuropathy treatment, if not limited by its low bioavailability. 
Eugenia jambolana or Jamun is also referred to as black plum, java plum or Indian blackberry. It contains B vitamins and vitamin C.
It has anti-bacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, gastroprotective and anti-microbial properties.
Fruit pulp of Jamun has a blood sugar lowering or an anti-hyperglycemic effect. 
Curcumin present in turmeric has many pharmacological properties that can benefit from peripheral neuropathy. (Read Proven Benefits of Curcumin For Neuropathy)
Treatment with turmeric supplements as an add-on to anti-diabetic therapy is found to improve blood sugar control, cholesterol levels and antioxidant status in diabetes patients. 
A study published in Experimental Neurobiology, 2015 revealed that curcumin prevents changes in nerve structure and function in cisplatin (chemotherapy induced) neuropathy. 
It relieves neuropathic pain by influencing our brain chemistry and our endogenous opioid system. 
Turmeric roots is a good source of iron and manganese. You may be concerned about the bioavailability of curcumin and whether the juice will have sufficient therapeutic properties as the powder.
There has been no study comparing the properties of juice and powder from turmeric, but traditionally turmeric juice has been used to treat infections, anaemia and stomach issues.
Turmeric juice is a great way of getting the roots’ essential oil as well as curcuminoids. You may consider adding freshly ground black pepper to turmeric juice as piperine present in black pepper is said to improve the absorption of curcumin in the body. 
Ginger juice is used as a natural anti-emetic (prevents nausea and vomiting) agent.   It is also a natural pain-relieving agent. (Learn more about top evidence-based herbs for neuropathy relief)
An interesting study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2015 reports that combination of ginger extracts and purple corn (Zea mays) improves diabetic neuropathy. 
Apparently, the Egyptians referred to Aloe vera as ‘the plant of immortality’, and surprisingly it has 75 potentially active constituents: vitamins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, lignin, saponins, salicylic acids and amino acids. 
It contains vitamins A, C, E, B12 and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, manganese etc.
An experimental study demonstrated that Aloe vera extract relieves neuropathic pain by exerting its antioxidant effect. 
Consumption of aloe vera juice along with anti-diabetic medications is found to lower blood sugar levels in patients with diabetes. 
Improving glycemic control can reduce formation of Advanced Glycation End Products which cause oxidative damage and contribute to diabetic neuropathy.
Juicing aloe vera may potentially benefit in diabetic neuropathy.
If you are juicing aloe vera at home ensure you do not include the bottom yellow part of the leaf (it works as a laxative); if buying a readymade juice ensure it is of good quality and free from anthraquinone that works as a laxative.
Preferably use it to supplement your juice ( you can add about 10-15ml of aloe vera juice to your recipe).
16.Holy basil or Tulsi
Tulsi is a revered herb in the ancient traditional medicinal system of India, Ayurveda. It is considered as an adaptogenic herb as it helps fight psychological stress.
Research suggests that the herb also possesses anti-microbial, anti-diabetic, anti-cancer properties.
Adding a few leaves of Holy basil to your juice will give it a refreshing taste and some medicinal qualities as well.
Mint leaves have a fresh aromatic sweet flavour and provide a cool aftertaste when used to flavour beverages, tea or candies.
Adding mint leaves to your juice may not have a direct effect on neuropathy, but it can add a refreshing taste to the drink and benefit metabolic health.
1 cup of Amla or Indian gooseberry provides around 69% DV of Vitamin C. It’s antipyretic, analgesic, cardioprotective, gastroprotective, antianemia, antihypercholesterolemic and neuroprotective properties have been confirmed in pre-clinical studies.
A study published in Nutrients 2016 revealed that Amla extracts lower neuropathic pain by reducing inflammation-causing agents. 
19.Kokum or Garcinia Indica
The fruits are about the size of a small lemon with multiple seeds in it. Syrup derived from these fruits is consumed mostly during summers in India to combat heat and sunstroke.
Kokum concentrate is available in the market. The rind of the fruit is also sold commercially; the rinds when soaked in water gives a purple extract that is slightly sour to taste and is used in Indian recipes.
The rind contains tannin, pectin, sugars, fat, organic acids like hydroxycitric acid and citric acid, anthocyanins, and the polyisoprenylated phenolics garcinol and isogarcinol. 
Kokum extracts boost antioxidant defences in type 2 diabetes.  Garcinol is one active compound present in Kokum rind that has multiple pharmacological properties such as anti-cancer activity. 
A study published in Neuroscience Letters, 2017 states that garcinol reduces neuropathic pain by lowering inflammation in nerve cells. 
20.Other Nutrition Boosting Ingredients For Nerve Damage Recovery
Here are a few ingredients that can up the nutritive value of your juice and benefit in nerve repair:
Coconut water is hydrating and can serve as an excellent base for the juice. It is rich in minerals and vitamins whose replenishment can benefit from peripheral neuropathy. (Read 10 Research Backed Vitamins and Minerals For Peripheral Neuropathy)
You must consider adding the mushroom powder to your juice to treat peripheral neuropathy as they help by supporting nerve regeneration and relieving nerve pain.
Lion’s mane mushroom (Buy from Amazon or iHerb) is found to support nerve regeneration and repair in animal studies. (Read Lion’s Mane Mushroom Benefits for Peripheral Neuropathy).
Spices contain phytonutrients that are not present in our regular diet and also add a unique flavour to the juice. A few spice powders that you can consider adding:
- Turmeric powder: It contains curcumin and a lot more that can relieve inflammation and oxidative damage.
- Ginger powder: It contains gingerol and other compounds that relieve pain and protect stomach health.
- Fennel powder: It contains anethole and helps protect stomach health.
- Onion powder: It is an excellent source of quercetin which benefits in peripheral neuropathy.
- Garlic powder: It helps protect metabolic health.
- Saffron strands: Few pre-clinical studies suggest that saffron relieves nerve pain.
Spirulina (Buy from Amazon or iHerb) and chlorella (Buy from Amazon or iHerb) are trending superfoods; they may not cure peripheral neuropathy they have an amazing nutrition profile that can boost stamina, relieve fatigue and aid in detoxification.
Astaxanthin (Buy astaxanthin capsules from Amazon or iHerb) is a pigment present in marine animals and plants (the one that gives salmon the pink colour) that has powerful antioxidant boosting property.
When you opt for an algae powder, ensure it is of good quality and free from heavy metal contamination.
Seeds are these micro-bundles packed with nutrition that we mostly do not include in our regular meals. You can crush them and add the powder or sprinkle about ½ a teaspoon in your juice.
Some awesome seeds to include in your juice are:
- Pumpkin seeds: for magnesium
- Flax seeds: for plant-based omega-3s
- Chia seeds: for dietary fibre (soak chia seeds in water before use)
- Hemp seeds: for protein, vitamin B1 and magnesium
- Sesame seeds: for the lignans and better metabolic health
- Sunflower seeds: for the vitamin E
- Black cumin seeds: for the thymoquinone and better metabolic health
Blending or Juicing? Which is better for Peripheral Neuropathy treatment?
From a layman’s view, either juicing or blending is great for neuropathy as you are supplementing your diet with nutrients and antioxidants and improving your metabolic health by both the techniques.
A study published in Preventive Nutrition and Food Science, 2014 revealed that beverages that are obtained by blending whole fruits have stronger antioxidant properties and higher phenolic compounds than beverages obtained from juicing only the flesh. 
But juicing led to higher vitamin C concentrations in the final product than blending.
Those of you who are fine with consuming the pulp should consider blending. If you do not like consuming the pulp as a part of the juice, try including the pulp in other dishes.
Juicing Recipes Resources For Peripheral Neuropathy To Get You Started
Since I have already listed the ingredients you should be juicing for peripheral neuropathy, picking up ingredients must be easier for you but just in case your confused check this resource Juicerecipes.com where you can fill a checklist and find a related recipe. 
One quick tip: DO NOT mix too many ingredients to make a juice. Opt for something like one green vegetable, one or two fruits and one spice/mushroom powder/algae powder/seeds (any one ingredient from these).
Using too many ingredients at the same time may have a negative impact on the taste and also create a combination that may not suit your health.
Precautions with Juicing
Here are few precautions you must keep in mind when juicing:
- Certain fruits or vegetables may cause allergic reactions; please avoid them.
- Go for organic produce whenever possible and thoroughly cleanse the whole foods before juicing.
- Many seeds contain bioactive ingredients that are proven to be helpful by research but avoid blending them along with the fruit as they may contain allergens or toxic ingredients as well. Remove the seeds before
- Some spices have high oxalate content; avoid adding them to your juice if you are prone to developing kidney stones or gout.
- Consuming juices before meals may impact nutrient absorption. 
- Food-drug interactions are possible when consuming juices and medicines at the same time. Please maintain a 2-3 hour gap between the two.   
- Avoid storing the juices for more than a day; make a fresh juice each day.
A study published in Journal of Nutritional Medicine, 1994 demonstrated that following a vegan/vegetarian diet for 25 days led to regression of painful diabetic neuropathy. 
17 out of 21 patients experienced pain relief within 4-16 days, and five patients did not need blood sugar lowering medications any longer. Out of the 17 patients, 71% continued the diet and exercise program, and except for one, the rest continued to be pain free or experienced improvement in nerve pain.
Vegetables and fruits are the core of vegetarian/vegan diets and juicing them make it easier to include them in our diet and meet our daily fruit and veggies goal. The nutrient profile of these fruits helps lower inflammation and oxidative damage and rectifies metabolic derangements to a significant extent.
Fortifying your juice with additional ingredients such as spices and especially mushroom powder can be beneficial for peripheral neuropathy treatment.
Have you tried juicing for peripheral neuropathy? How was your experience and what is the recipe that you follow? Please leave your comments below. And do consider sharing this article in case you know someone who could use this resource.