Magnesium Helps Protect Against Seizures
Seizures can occur for a number of reasons. Not getting enough magnesium in your diet can increase seizure frequency in epilepsy sufferers. A seizure can occur as a result of abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Magnesium helps to normalize nerve function and is beneficial for a range of neurological conditions.
A study published in the journal Epilepsy Research found that people with epilepsy typically have lower levels of magnesium in their body than what is ideal. It also showed there have been case reports of seizures being controlled with magnesium supplementation in people with epilepsy.
Magnesium is required by more than 300 enzyme systems in your body. It is very difficult to obtain enough magnesium because so many factors deplete your body of this amazing mineral. A large number of medications reduce your magnesium level; the biggest offenders are antacids, acid blockers, hormonal contraception and diuretics. Taking a magnesium supplement should help; however, a lot of poor quality supplements are hard on the stomach and can cause digestive upset. Magnesium Complete tablets and Magnesium Ultra Potent powder are gentle on the digestive system, because they don’t contain magnesium oxide. Magnesium oxide is very poorly absorbed. It mostly stays in the intestines and draws fluid inside, acting as a laxative.
It is also important to remember that stress and anxiety deplete your body of magnesium, as the stress hormone cortisol causes urinary loss of this mineral. Digestive problems such as celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome and leaky gut reduce magnesium absorption; therefore, a supplement is essential in those cases.
The amino acid taurine is also extremely beneficial for reducing all types of seizures. Studies have shown it can reduce the incidence of seizures, reduce their duration, and reduce the risk of neuronal cell death during a seizure. Taurine is found in my liver tonic Livatone.