Archive for the ‘Neurological Disorders’ Category
Supplementation Vitamins & Minerals that help the brain to function properly and prevent the onset or progression of brain-related ailments, like neurological disorders, are often referred to as Brain Supplements. This includes:
1. Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is the general name for Methylcobalamin. This vitamin is considered the most vital of nutrient, required for proper neurological functioning. Research suggests people with chronic neurological ailments have reported considerable improvement in their muscle movement and coordination after Vitamin B12 supplementation for a short period. Vitamin B12 is regarded to play a definite role in the regeneration of nerves. Vitamin B12 is present in some foods and can be easily absorbed by the body, being a water-soluble vitamin. However, its concentration in most food items is rather low. Thus, most healthcare practitioners recommend it as a supplement. It is among the most common of vitamins found in supplements, particularly when prescribed for neurological ailments. This vitamin needs the mineral, cobalt for its proper metabolization. This is why compounds containing Vitamin B12 or those that promote B12 metabolization are referred to as Cobalamins. This vitamin plays a central role in proper DNA generation apart from Red Blood Cell synthesis. Deficiency of Vitamin B12 has been proven to cause anemia and neurological diseases.
2. Vitamin C
Vitamin C deficiency is associated with the development of serious neurological diseases like ALS. Vitamin C supplementation helps to improve muscular coordination because this vitamin plays an integral role in the transmission of nerve signals across neurons, ensuring that the neurological circuit works properly. Vitamin C is also vital for preventing neuropathies from progressing apart from helping the body in fighting inflammations of the brain. Vitamin C is a proven antioxidant that protects the brain from free radicals and raises the body’s overall immunity. It supports the action of other brain-centric antioxidants like glutathione.
3. Vitamin E
Vitamin E is among the most researched of vitamins currently and is known to play a major role in treating neurological disorders. Vitamin E levels have been found to be low in many patients suffering from neurological disorders. Being a critical antioxidant, it is regarded as the most critical vitamin for protecting the brain against the action of free radicals and infections that often lead to neurological ailments. Deficiency of Vitamin E is also related with progressive loss of neurological functioning in patients without any history or symptoms of neurological disorders. It is advised to use Vitamin E supplements in the complex form since it combines various types of Vitamin E components like alpha, beta and gamma Tocopherols.
4. Vitamin D3
Scientifically referred to as Cholecalciferol, deficiency of Vitamin D is commonly found in people suffering from neurodegenerative disorders. This includes patients of Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. It is always better to seek a natural form of Vitamin D, like fortified Cholecalciferol that can be properly absorbed rather than Vitamin D2 which doesn’t possess the same preventative features associated with Vitamin D.
Very few individuals are found to have appropriate or high magnesium levels. This is surprising since sufficient magnesium levels are vital for the proper functioning of the nerve cells. The ability of nerve cells to transmit or receive messages in the form of biochemicals and electrical pulses depends upon appropriate magnesium levels. This is why Magnesium supplementation is recommended when the patient exhibits neurological or neuromuscular symptoms like muscular cramping, spasms, jerks, lack of coordination and anxiety apart from unexplained nervousness and the progressive softening of bones. Magnesium supplements should be taken in a highly-absorbable format since the slightest of imbalances among magnesium-calcium levels can act as a deterrent to retention of magnesium.