Q: I have a friend who has Myasthenia gravis, and is beginning to develop slurred speech. What supplements do you recommend for this disease?
— Nikki K., Oneida, Tenn.
A: Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disorder frequently associated with flu vaccines. The most important thing is to reduce immune reaction. This can be done by increasing intake of omega-3 oils, reducing omega-6 oil intake, using Jatoba extract, and avoiding vitamins that are immune stimulants, such as beta-carotene and astaxanthin.
Luteolin has been shown to reduce immune overreactions and this is found in artichoke extract. Curcumin and quercetin also reduce the immune reaction of MG and reduce inflammation.
Q: My husband is being treated for hyperglycemia. Is there any whey protein that is OK to take?
— Marcia P., St. John, Ind.
A: Whey protein has become a nutritional fad — and in my view a dangerous one. Whey protein is high in the excitotoxin glutamate.
There are many supplements that lower blood sugar, especially the flavonoids — curcumin, quercetin, luteolin, cinnamon, EGCG (white and green tea extract), and baicalein (skullcap extract).
R-lipoic acid and niacinamide also lower blood sugar, and the latter boosts energy in the brain.
Q: Do you have any new information on treatment for tinnitus?
— Paul A., Charleston, S.C.
A: Tinnitus is a persistent ringing sensation in the ears that can result from a wide range of causes Ginkgo treatment works only with early onset.
Other things that may help include avoiding excitotoxins, DHA in a dose of 2,000 mg twice a day, magnesium citrate/malate, curcumin, high dose vitamin B-complex, methylcobalamin (10,000 mcg a day), folate (400 mcg a day), and pyridoxal-5-phosphate (50 mg a day). Baicalein is a powerful protectant for nerves.
All of these things have also been shown to improve nerve function.
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