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What Vitamins Are Good For Trigeminal Neuralgia & What Foods Trigger It?

Vitamins are an integral part of many chemical reactions inside the body. These reactions help in development and maintenance of various tissues including nervous tissue. Deficiency of vitamins leads to various disorders and symptoms. Certain foods trigger the attack of trigeminal neuralgia.

What Vitamins Are Good For Trigeminal Neuralgia?

What Vitamins Are Good For Trigeminal Neuralgia?

Vitamin B12: Trigeminal neuralgia may be caused by a deficiency of vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is an important supplement for patients with nerve pain. Vitamin B12 work as methyl donor with the folic acid in the synthesis of DNA and red blood cells and is also important for maintaining the health of myelin sheath surrounding the nerve. The high dose of the methylcobalamin is useful in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia2.

Vitamin B6: Vitamin B6 improves the function of nerve and immune system. It also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Folic Acid: Folic acid works as an antioxidant in the treatment of neuropathy. It also improves the functions of the immune system.

Vitamin C and E: Vitamin C is effective in reducing nerve pain. Studies have indicated that a high dose of Vitamin C and E alleviates oxidative stress response, reduces nerve pain and improves neuropathic disease in patients.

What Foods Trigger Trigeminal Neuralgia?

Salsa, Chili, And Hot Sauce: The sour and spicy food work as a trigger for Trigeminal Neuralgia. These foods may cause a sensation of heat on the skin of the face that may initiate trigeminal neuralgia attack or worsen its symptoms.

Mint: Mint cause sensation of cold on the facial areas which may also act as a trigger for trigeminal neuralgia.

Spicy Foods: Spicy foods activate the signals of nerve pain in trigeminal neuralgia. The risk of initiation or worsening of symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia is significantly increased.

Caffeine: Caffeine can cause neuropathy pain on the supraspinal and brainstem level. The patient should avoid the consumption of caffeine such as coffee, chocolate, tea, and many soft drinks.

Avoid Sweeteners: Sweeteners and artificial sweeteners are not good for patients with trigeminal neuralgia, because they can cause nerve pain

Fatty foods: In some patients, fatty foods may also act as a trigger for trigeminal neuralgia.

Steamy Foods: Steamy foods triggers trigeminal neuralgia in patients who have a nose as their primary trigger zone4. Further foods with strong odors may also act as a trigger for trigeminal neuralgia5.

Herbal Remedies For Trigeminal Neuralgia

Shallaki: Shallaki has analgesic properties which reduces pain and inflammation in the affected nerve.

Shunthi: It has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that relives the discomfort experienced by the patient.

Guduchi: It is one of the best herbs for Trigeminal neuralgia because it has strong analgesic properties that help in reducing inflammation. It also reduces the frequency of the attack.

Rasna: Rasna is an herb that provides protection against nerve damage. It also improves the function of nervous system1.

Home Remedies For Trigeminal Neuralgia

Apply Heat Or Cold Pads: Heat and cold pads help in relieving pain and inflammation through a different mechanism of action. However, patients sensitive to cold should not use cold pads.

Extra Sleep And Rest: Comfortable sleep and adequate rest help the body fighting against pain and accelerates nerve healing.

The Occlusal Splint Or Bite Guards: Wear a splint prevents jaw clenching that can help in the healing of the nerve and prevent its nerve3.

Lifestyle Changes For Trigeminal Neuralgia

Exercise: The regular exercise may improve muscles strength, and controls blood pressure. It also helps in improve nerve conduction.

Healthy Diet: Avoid spicy food and fatty acids. A healthy diet provides essential nutrition for promoting better nerve health.

Avoid Alcohol: Excess consumption of alcohol increases the risk of neuropathy including diabetes, poor nutrition, and nerve damage.


Various vitamins such as vitamin B complex, Vitamin C and Vitamin E improve the symptoms in trigeminal neuralgia. Foods that trigger trigeminal neuralgia attack include spicy foods, sweeteners, fatty foods, and mint.


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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:February 1, 2021

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