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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Foods high in vitamin B6 may reduce discomfort from swelling that affects the hands and wrists of people who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. Inflammation resulting from carpal tunnel syndrome may be reduced by bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple. Also, foods that are high in riboflavin may be beneficial for circulation.

We believe that it's possible to manage and/or improve certain conditions through what you eat. When we create "Mega-Recipes" for an ailment, we strive to include the maximum number of the nutrients that are shown to have benefit for that ailment. We also expect the Mega-Recipe to contain at least 25% of recommended intakes for those nutrients. See the list of recipes that have met our criteria for this ailment.

What You Should Eat & Why

Bromelain reduces tissue swelling that causes the finger numbness, shooting pains, and weakness in the hand associated with this repetitive stress injury.
Leading Food Sources of bromelain: Pineapple

riboflavin (vitamin B2)
Riboflavin, a water-soluble vitamin, helps to reduce tingling and numbness, and is also important for maintaining healthy nerves. To avoid losing nutrients, foods rich in riboflavin should not be overcooked.
Leading Food Sources of riboflavin (vitamin B2): Avocados, Duck, Mushrooms, Pork, fresh, Yogurt, Clams, Milk, Lamb

vitamin B6
Some studies have suggested that vitamin B6 deficiency may cause susceptibility to the pain and numbness caused by this condition. In order to avoid vitamin B6 deficiency, make sure to consume foods that contain this important nutrient on a daily basis.
Leading Food Sources of vitamin B6: Sweet potatoes, Avocados, Rice, brown, Sunflower seeds, Tuna, Chick-peas, Salmon, Pork, fresh, Chicken, Potatoes, Turkey, Bok choy, Barley, Bananas, Mangoes

Date Published: 05/03/2005
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