Supplements can be an interesting way to support the treatment of epilepsy and improve the overall condition. Patients receiving antiepileptic drugs however should not in any case stop the treatment or reduce the dose without doctor’s advice – none of the natural resources can replace medication, only complement the lack of some important substances that may contribute to the emergence of an attack or to help manage individual seizures. In some cases, supplements may allow dose reduction of antiepileptic drugs, this should however be decided by the doctor.
During the epilepsy treatment, the most recommended is vitamin B complex (which is involved in the formation of brain chemicals – neurotransmitters – that transmit nerve impulses). The most important of this group is folic acid and vitamin B6, to achieve a better effect it’s preferable to take the entire B complex vitamins as these work best together.
To strengthen the good function of the nerves and brain, take calcium and magnesium.
One theory of epilepsy states that the seizure is induced by the damage of hepatic lipid membranes of nerve cells – therefore it’s appropriate to use the regular form of natural vitamin E (it’s antioxidant nature can prevent chemical changes that lead to such damage, a long-term recommended dose should be above 100 mg) and lecithin (improves the use of vitamin E in the body and also contains substances that stabilize brain activity).
People affected by epilepsy should avoid alcohol consumption (it reduces the effects of antiepileptic drugs) and increased physical exercise (fatigue can increase susceptibility to seizures).