Epilepsy and Healthy Supplements

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While it has not been proven that healthy foods can help to treat epilepsy, various vitamin and mineral deficiencies are thought to cause seizures. Along with treatments decided on by a patient and their doctor, the following supplements may help to avoid unhealthy deficiencies.

Vitamin B6: Preventing a B6 deficiency, which can cause seizures, may be helpful to newborns and young children. A vitamin B6 deficiency is the only vitamin deficiency known to cause seizures. Among other foods, pistachio nuts, sunflower seeds, turkey, and chicken are high in this vitamin. 

Minerals: People with epilepsy may need to regulate their intake of sodium, calcium or magnesium. Although mineral deficiencies are rare, the lack of these minerals may cause seizures or other complications. Calcium can commonly be found in cheese, yogurt, and milk. Food sources of magnesium include beans, vegetables, and nuts. 

Sources: 

“Nutrition Deficiencies” by Steven C. Schachter, MD, Epilepsy Foundation, Epilepsy.com 12/06

http://www.epilepsy.com/learn/triggers-seizures/nutritional-deficiencies

“Magnesium for Mood” by Pamela Bump, Tasteforlife.com, 2014

http://www.tasteforlife.com/supplements/vitamins/magnesium-mood

“10 Calcium Rich Foods” WebMD.com, 2014

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/10-calcium-rich-foods

Contributor: 

Pamela Bump