NerveRenew is said to be able to treat neuropathy without any side effects, but is it really as good as they tell us? I've reviewed far too many scammy supplements in the past to trust that something works just because that is what the company says.
Is NerveRenew a scam that you would be better of avoiding?
In this NerveRevew review I'll be going over what exactly it is, the ingredients it has and what science has to say about them, side effects, complaints and more.
NerveRenew is a neuropathy treatment supplement made by Neuropathy Treatment Group, which sometimes goes by the name of Life Renew for some reason (not sure why).
At first glance things look good. The company has been around for about a decade and they have an A+ rating with the BBB...
But of course you can't always judge a book by its cover.
The said benefits of taking this supplement are that your neuropathy will be cured, which includes feeling being returned to limbs, no more tingling and burning in your hands and feet, etc.
The sales pitch I came across talked about some man named "Michael Brady" who was a structural engineer who had suffered from neuropathy for over 10 years when he came across NerveRenew and was able to cure himself from the condition by taking it.
However, I'm a bit hesitant to believe this story. It sounds like it very well could be made-up and the fact that the image shown of this "Michael Brady" guy is a stock photo (as shown below) definitely doesn't help...
After a quick reverse Google image search I was able to find that this photo is a stock photo from ShutterStock that anyone can purchase and use online...
But anyways... this isn't the first time I have come across marketing material like this and although it might not be 100% true, the supplement could still be well worth buying, so let's take a look at what this supplement contains and whether or not it has real potential to help out with neuropathy.
Below is the label from Nerve Renew with the list and dosage of each ingredient...
Let's take a look at each of the 7 ingredients listed here and how it may or may not help with neuropathy...
1. Vitamin B2 ( Riboflavin) - Riboflavin deficiency has long been associated with neuropathy of various kinds. In an article published in the Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease in 2016 they found that patients with riboflavin deficiencies had symptoms from cranial nerve deficits such as hearing loss, sensory ataxia, axonal neuropathy and more.
That said, I've come across sources stating that riboflavin deficiency is "extremely rare" in the United States and most other developed countries. However, it has also been reported that 10-15% of the global population have an inherited condition of limited riboflavin absorption and that as high as 54% of British adults (non-elderly) were borderline deficient (the statistics are all over the place and not very conclusive).
Riboflavin is found mostly in milk and dairy products, meats, dark-green vegetables. In Western diets much of peoples' intake comes from all the dairy products consumed.
Nerve Renew contains 4mg per serving, which is 235% of your daily need.
2. Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine HCl) - The weird thing about this vitamin is that you can get neuropathy if you don't have enough or if you have too much.
One interesting study I found was about people getting neuropathy from consuming too many energy drinks containing the vitamin (2017 study published in Neurology).
However, you are more likely to suffer problems from deficiency rather than excess. Some symptoms that signal a potential vitamin B6 deficiency (but definitely don't mean this is the problem) are skin rashes, cracked lips, sore tongue, moodiness, a weak immune system, low energy... and of course tingling and pain (along with others).
It is closely linked to functions of the nervous system and is involved in 150 different enzyme reactions in the body total... meaning it is very important. It is active in the process of producing serotonin and norepinephrine, 2 neurotransmitters, as well as in the formation of myelin, which is a sheath later that insulates nerves and helps keep them functioning properly.
Nerve Renew contains 4mg of this vitamin as well... 200% of your daily need.
3. Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin) - You probably get the point by now... B vitamins are important for a healthy nervous system--Vitamin B12 falls in with the others and is a treatment option for neuropathy at times.
Like vitamin B6, B12 is also very important when it comes to keeping your myelin sheaths in-tact. A deficiency in this vitamin can lead to damaged sheaths and this can cause neuropathy and brain malfunctioning.
Vitamin B12 is being used to treat Type 2 diabetic patients with neuropathy... and it is also being looked into more as a treatment for chemotherapy-induced neuropathy. Diabetics develop neuropathy at high rates, likely due to uncontrolled blood sugar damaging nerves.
In 1 serving of this supplement there is 2,000mcg of vitamin B12, or 33333% of what you need daily. This is a lot, but it can still be taken in this high of amounts without adverse effects.
4. Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol) - This is another important vitamin that plays a role in the health of the nervous system and is thought to affect neuron development. While there are still a lot of unknowns, studies suggest that a deficiency can lead to increased risk of central nervous system diseases.
A recent 2019 study in Diabetic Medicine looked into vitamin D levels in people with Type 2 diabetes who have peripheral neuropathy and those who don't, along with healthy volunteers. What they found was that those with peripheral neuropathy had lower levels of the vitamin, and that those with painful neuropathy had the lowest levels... lower than those with painless neuropathy.
Deficiency of vitamin D can be very high in elderly populations, some sources stating that as much as 61% of the elderly are deficient even in the United States (source: J. Steroid Biochem Mol Biol.).
50+ percent of our vitamin D intake is supposed to come from the sun and then the rest from our diet, which is why deficiencies are more common in colder months when people are indoors more.
Nerve Renew contains 500IU which is 125% of what we need daily.
5. Benfotiamine - Don't be fooled by the name... benfotiamine is a derivative of vitamin B1 or thiamine. The difference is that it is fat soluble and seems to be more easily absorbed by the body. which might be the reason it was found in a study published in Exp Clin Endocrinol Diabetes to help more with peripheral nerve function.
This supplement provides 300mg per dose.
6. R-Alpha Lipoic Acid - ALA is a natural antioxidant that has a number of benefits. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties have been found to be therapeutic for the central nervous system, which is why it is commonly used to treat nerve damage.
A study by the American Diabetes Association found that 5 weeks of oral ALA supplementation improved neuropathic symptoms. In this study there were 181 diabetic patients with neuropathy tested and the optimal dosage was determined to be 600mg per day.
While better than nothing, this supplement only contains 150mg per dose.
7. Proprietary Blend of Herbs - In addition to all of the vitamins, there is also a 43mg per serving blend of herbs that includes the following...
While the evidence that the herbal blend will help is limited, there is definitely potential and plenty of science showing that all the B vitamins along with vitamin D can help with neuropathy.
However, whether or not it is going to help in any one situation depends on many variables, such as how much of the particular ingredients you are already getting in your diet.
There is no guarantee that this blend of ingredients will help, but based on my findings it seems that it definitely could.
It is of course always suggested that you talk to your doctor before taking any type of supplement, however... that said, there is little chance this will cause any side effects.
It is nothing more than a blend of vitamins and natural herbs--and although some of the herbs are less studied, the dosages are small and likely safe.
NerveRenew costs $49 for a month supply. However, they offer a "free 2 week trial"... or at least they do right now as I am writing this...
But you do have to pay for shipping and this is pretty darn costly in my opinion.
So it's not really free and my guess is that they are pocketing some of the money from the "free" trials they are giving out.
Why? Well, because that seems like a high price for shipping a small supplement.
But anyways, it is what it is.
Another thing I want to point out is that when you sign up for your free 2 week trial you will have to check this box...
What you are agreeing to here is to be billed $49 on a monthly basis for more NerveRenew each month. So you might want to mark your calendar so this doesn't hit you by surprise!
*You can cancel before your 2 week trial is up so that you won't be billed.
They do offer a 1 year money-back guarantee... or at least I have seen this advertised. However, I haven't really been able to find much information on it.
The sales pitch I came across mentioned that Nerve Renew has a lot of vitamin B (which we know) and so do their competitors... "but that's where the similarity between our formula and others ends."
A Different Form of Vitamin B1
As I've went over, Nerve Renew uses the form of vitamin B1 called benfotiamine, instead of thiamine as they claim most other supplements use.
The purpose of this is to increase absorption in the body, because benfotiamine is more easily absorbed. And this is true--benfotiamine is absorbed up to 3.6 x more because it is lipid-soluble and not water-soluble.
But This Isn't Uncommon
Upon doing a little research it seems that benfotiamine isn't all that uncommon as we are lead to believe. A quick search for neuropathy supplements on Amazon brought up a handful of results that I found benfotiamine in.
As far as I see, this seems to be the norm, not the other way around.
And The Same Goes for Vitamin B12
We are also told that Nerve Renew is special becaue it contains the form of vitamin B12 called methylcobalamin that is more easily absorbed than the 'more common form'.
However, it appears to me that most neuropathy supplements that contain vitamin B12 have it in the form of methylcobalamin, just like Nerve Renew... so there is nothing special here either.
On the official website for this product they show a bunch or great reviews from people who are more than pleased with their results after taking NerveRenew, but of course it's expected to see the best of reviews on their own website.
What I'm interested in is a more unbiased source of reviews--I want to see the good and bad.
Amazon is a good source of reviews and, although you can't trust them all the time, reading through them can be helpful when looking for what real users have to say.
There are over 200 reviews at the time of this review with an average rating of 3.1 out of 5 stars... not horrible but not that great either...
There are a fair number of people who are more than happy with the results and have experienced great benefits...
But of course there are also a fair number of complaints, some of the more notable ones I'll go over...
No Expiration Date - One complaint I want to address is that about there being no expiration date...
It's true that we have no idea how old the supplements are that we order. There is no date.
That said, the good news (semi-good) is that old vitamins won't likely cause you any harm... and since the company seems to be reputable and to get a good amount of business, I doubt they are sending out old supplements.
Too Expensive - There are some complaints about it being too expensive but most of them are older. It seems that the cost used to be higher than $49 a bottle, which is the reason I'm not seeing any recent complaints about this--although I still think that $49/bottle is pretty expensive.
It Doesn't Work - Of course the main complaint that you will find comes from people who this supplement simply did not work for.
For some people it made no difference... no less pain, no less tingling... nothing...
But does this mean it doesn't work? No, not necessarily. There is never any medication supplement that works universally the same for everyone.
Spam - This isn't a complaint about Nerve Renew, but rather the company behind it. Apparently they spam quite a bit so you may want to create or use an email address you don't really care about when entering information for your free trial and so on. There are a fair number of complaints with the BBB about this...
Overall the complaints are nothing too alarming. I was expecting to find people complaining about it not working, as you will find with any supplement.
One thing I always look into when reviewing supplements is the quality of ingredients.
I like to be able to trust what I'm ingesting and being to trust the company and manufacturing process is a must.
Overall what I've found seems to be good. The company has been around for around a decade and has an A+ rating with the BBB as mentioned earlier.
Also, they state that their manufacturing facility goes through 3rd party audits twice a year and that every ingredient is tested for purity.
Now I have no proof of the independent audits that are conducted, but I'll take them at their word since they seem like they can be trusted on this.
NerveRenew is definitely not a scam. The only reason I'm addressing this question is because I know there are people asking and calling it such.
It does seem that the marketing behind this supplement can get a bit carried away, but it's no scam.
NerveRenew could very well be worth a try and there is a chance that you will see improvements with your neuropathy condition after taking it.
The people who are most likely to not notice any difference are those who have very healthy and balanced diets, who are already getting enough vitamins and whatnot--but just because you think you eat healthy doesn't mean you do!
If you are interested in giving it a try you can get NerveRenew on the official website here.
*Note: You should take it consistently for at least 3 weeks to see if it is going to work for you.
I hope you enjoyed this review and found it helpful. Please leave any comments or questions below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂