Dr. Russell Blaylock, author of The Blaylock Wellness Report newsletter, is a nationally recognized board-certified neurosurgeon, health practitioner, author, and lecturer. He attended the Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed his internship and neurological residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. For 26 years, practiced neurosurgery in addition to having a nutritional practice. He recently retired from his neurosurgical duties to devote his full attention to nutritional research. Dr. Blaylock has authored four books, Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life, Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients, and his most recent work, Cellular and Molecular Biology of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Find out what others are saying about Dr. Blaylock by clicking here.

Treating Restless Leg Syndrome

Monday, 22 June 2009 03:03 PM

Question: What do you recommend for restless leg syndrome?

Dr. Blaylock's Answer:

My review of this disorder finds a number of contributing factors, such as a deficiency of calcium, magnesium, and potassium. It is considered to be a deficiency of a brain neurotransmitter called dopamine. Some have considered it an early sign of Parkinson's syndrome risk, or a dopamine deficiency disease.

Most of the prescription medications increase brain dopamine levels.

A natural way to do the same thing is to take the amino acid tyrosine, which is what the brain uses to make dopamine. In a dose of 3 grams twice-to-three times a day, taken on an empty stomach, one can increase brain dopamine levels and, in my experience, many have experienced relief from their restless legs.

Another important way to reduce the symptoms is to calm the brain down, which can be done by taking magnesium supplements, carnosine or L-theonine, 400 milligrams twice a day.

Take these in the recommended doses. Start first with carnosine, giving it three weeks to work. Then if needed after the three-week period, add L-theonine, 500 milligrams twice a day taken on an empty stomach. They also help promote sleep.

The magnesium should be taken every day, 500 milligrams of elemental magnesium twice a day. I like the magnesium citrate/malate. In this supplement, you will notice that in the 500 milligram capsule there is only 120 milligrams of elemental magnesium.

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