Aphasia: Top Natural Supplements for Treatment

Tuesday, 08 Mar 2011 04:54 PM

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Aphasia is a neurological disorder where a portion of the brain responsible for language is damaged, usually due to an injury or a stroke. An aphasia patient may lose some or all aspects of language processing skills; some can understand a language, but may be unable to communicate. Other patients can write but cannot read, or can sing but cannot talk. In some cases of aphasia, only minor skills of comprehension or expression may be lost.
 
Treatments for aphasia are based on the type and extent of language problems. The most common treatment is language learning therapy, where innovative methods like singing, associated learning, drawing, and actions are applied to teach the language or the particular skill lost.

The top natural supplements for aphasia treatment are:

Vitamins and minerals
such as zinc, selenium, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin B6. Other supplements include melatonin, glutathione, and taurine. Natural treatment for aphasia should avoid any toxic environment containing lead or mercury, because toxins can worsen brain damage.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: These are known to improve brain health and help improve eyes and nerves. Supplementing omega 3 fatty acids in the form of capsules or through increased dietary intake is recommended.
 
St. Johns Wort: Aphasia can cause mood swings, depression, anxiety, or fear in patients. St. John's Wort can prevent depression and helps provide effective neurotransmission.

Vitamin B12
can be taken by those aphasia patients that suffer from digestive tract problems.

Primrose oil
is another natural supplement that improves brain function. It improves alertness and helps the brain to work efficiently.
 
Avoid Copper: Studies have shown that aphasia patients have a higher blood copper level. Although this is not found to be a cause for aphasia, this may be a contributing factor in slowed recovery. Therefore, multivitamins containing copper should be avoided.

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