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Reduce Restless Leg Syndrome

By Tuesday, 21 October 2014 05:04 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Q: What do you recommend for restless leg syndrome?
— Petrina D., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
A: 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 mg 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 mg twice a day taken on an empty stomach. They also help promote sleep.
The magnesium should be taken every day, 500 mg of elemental magnesium twice a day. I like the magnesium citrate/malate. In this supplement, you will notice that in the 500 mg capsule there is only 120 mg of elemental mg.
Q: Do you believe red wine (resveratrol) consumption has heart-health benefits?
— Andrzej S., Las Vegas, Nev.
A: Yes, resveratrol has been shown to be a powerful antioxidant and is the only plant extract known to extend life expectancy. One of its most incredible effects is reducing a nasty cell toxin called advanced glycation end products (AGEs).
This toxin increases dramatically with a high sugar intake, especially with high fructose corn syrup. These toxic reactive products also accumulate in the heart muscle causing heart failure and abnormal heart beats (arrhythmia). We see high levels of AGEs in heart disease as well as Alzheimer’s disease and strokes.

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Q: What do you recommend for restless leg syndrome? — Petrina D., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
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