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Information on Narcolepsy


Notes, Nutrients, Herbs/Supplements, and Advice

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Narcolepsy


About

Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder that reveals itself in sleep attacks, sleep paralysis, cataplexy, and/or hypnagogic hallucinations. Brain infection, tumors, or head trauma may cause narcolepsy, though this is just speculation.

Notes


  • Doctors have new drugs on the market for narcolepsy, instead of prescribing antidepressants and stimulants.
  • Food allergies can also have an effect on narcolepsy. Researchers have documentation that a person was cured after he took potatoes out of his diet.
  • Lack of sleep and drowsiness are often caused by shift work, weekend partying, jet lag, inconsistent bedtimes.
  • The top causes of tiredness during the day is sleep apnea and narcolepsy.
  • To diagnose narcolepsy you must be tested by a multiple sleep latency test.
Helpful nutrients for this condition.


Calcium
Importance: Very High
Comments: Helps produce energy. Good for the nervous system.

Magnesium
Importance: Very High
Comments: Helps produce energy. Good for the nervous system.

Choline
Importance: Very High
Comments: Has effects of a neurotransmitter. Enhances brain function.

Lecithin
Importance: Very High
Comments: Has effects of a neurotransmitter. Enhances brain function. Provides choline.

Lecithin
Importance: Very High
Comments: Has effects of a neurotransmitter. Enhances brain function. Provides choline.

Chromium
Importance: Very High
Comments: Increases energy levels. Controls metabolism of sugar.

Coenzyme Q10
Importance: Very High
Comments: Enhances brain circulation.

Free-form amino acid complex
Importance: Very High
Comments: Boosts energy levels. Helps with healthy brain function. A formula with all essential amino acids is recommended.

L-glutamine
Importance: Very High
Comments: Enhances mental ability. Provides fuel for the brain.

L-Tyrosine
Importance: Very High
Comments: Enhances function of thyroid. Lack of tyrosine may contribute to narcolepsy. Caution: Those taking MAO inhibitor drugs should refrain from using tyrosine.

Multivitamin and mineral complex
Importance: Very High
Comments: Provides needed nutrients. Promotes overall health.

Octocosanol
Importance: Very High
Comments: Enhances oxygen usage. Improves endurance.

Omega-3 essential fatty acids (fish oil and flaxseed oil are recommended)
Importance: Very High
Comments: Preserves cell membranes.

Vitamin C
Importance: Very High
Comments: Boosts energy. Helps produce interferon. Prevents free radical damage.

Vitamin D
Importance: Very High
Comments: Helps with calcium uptake.

Vitamin B complex
Importance: Very High
Comments: Increases metabolism. Boosts energy levels. Promotes healthy brain function.

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
Importance: Very High
Comments: Increases metabolism. Boosts energy levels. Promotes healthy brain function.

Vitamin E
Importance: Very High
Comments: Boosts circulation. Keeps heart healthy. Enhances brain cells.


Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.


Ephedra, gotu kola, and St. John's wort
Type: Internal
Purposes: Increases energy levels and has antioxidant properties.

Ginkgo biloba
Type: Internal
Purposes: Increases Circulation to the brain.

Advice


  • Do not drink alcohol and eat sugar.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • For lunch eat your proteins and at night eat your carbohydrates.
  • Have a low fat diet. Only eat foods that are good for cleansing.
  • Napping can refresh you in the afternoon. (Up to 45 mins)
  • Your workplace and home needs to be well lit.