Epilepsy: Top Natural Supplements for Treatment

Wednesday, 29 Sep 2010 01:33 PM

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Epilepsy is a neurological disorder where seizures or fits happen even without provocation. It is commonly seen in children as well as adults. There are several treatments for epilepsy. Although it cannot be completely cured, there are treatments available to reduce the occurrence of seizures and treatments that reduce the effect of seizures on the body and mind.
 
One common occurrence in epileptic cases is the hyperactivity of the brain or nerves. There are several causes for epilepsy including stress or trauma, infection of the central nervous system, drugs, and tumors in the brain.

There are several varieties of epilepsy. They are differentiated based on the symptoms, age group, and certain other characteristics of brain functioning. Epilepsy can be treated with natural supplements.

The top natural supplements for epilepsy ar:

Ketogenic diet
: This is a diet that is rich in fat content and low in carbohydrates. A low carb diet is recommended because a carbohydrate rich diet increases the sugar load in the system and causes hyperactivity of the brain due to high energy availability, which may cause seizures in epileptic patients. A diet rich in fat is said to decrease the hyperexitability of the brain and keep the neurons under control.

5-HTP:
This is another  natural supplement used to reduce anxiety and depression. This supplement reduces the serotonin level in the brain, which improves the overall health of the brain and reduces the severity and frequency of seizures. It is widely used as a natural treatment for epilepsy.

Passionflower
: contains a chemical chrysin, which helps reduce anxiety and thus reduces the frequency of seizures. It has been traditionally used in the treatment for epilepsy.

Epilepsy natural supplements also include GABA along with vitamin F. These act on the central nervous system and control the neurons that cause anxiety and seizures.

Omega-3 fatty acids
are found to increase the phospholipids in the brain, which ensure smooth neurological functioning and strengthen the brain. This helps the brain and CNS withstand anxiety or stress and reduces seizures.

Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the top natural supplements for epilepsy.
Foods rich in magnesium like nuts, soybean seeds, and beets may also naturally treat epilepsy. Magnesium forms compounds that are responsible for the effective functioning of the brain and nervous system. Magnesium deficiency is found to cause irritability and psychotic behavior. Taking Epsom salt is found to be effective in avoiding seizures.

Vitamin B6
is effective in reducing seizures. It is beneficial to the central nervous system and for the effective functioning of the brain.
 
Another important natural treatment for epilepsy is a balanced diet. A diet high in fiber, leafy vegetables, fruits, nuts, and dairy products is recommended.
 
One should avoid preserved food or ready to eat food that contains chemicals which may interfere with the functioning of the brain and increase toxins in the body. This may also make certain drugs or natural supplements ineffective.

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