ALS Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamins and Minerals to Support Neurological Health

Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin)

A double-blind, controlled study showed that Vitamin B12 or Methylcobalamin improved muscle response after a month of treatment in people with neurological ailments.

In a study published in the Journal of Neurological Science, scientists postulated that Vitamin B12 could help regenerate nerves. The scientists stated that very high doses of Vitamin B12 produced nerve regeneration in rats.

The human equivalent dose to duplicate this study would be about 40 mg of sublingually administered Vitamin B12.

Vitamin C

A recent paper has proposed that Vitamin C deficiency may be the underlying mechanism for the development of ALS.

Vitamin C plays an important role in the transmissions of signals between neurons.

It is an important brain antioxidant, and serves to support the activity of other brain antioxidants vitamin E and glutathione.

The Linus Pauling Institute uses high doses of vitamin C in their ALS protocol. The most recommended type of vitamin C is one that is buffered, so that even megadoses are easy on your stomach.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is currently the focus of extensive study in the treatment of serious neurological disorders. Studies have noted low levels of vitamin E in the cerebrospinal fluid of People with ALS, as much as 31% lower than normal.

Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant. Deficiency is associated with progressive neurological deterioration. Researchers at Northwestern Medical School have now concluded that Vitamin E both delayed the onset and slowed the progression of ALS. It does not prolong survival, however, function is preserved for a longer period of time.

And in an newer study of nearly a million people, Harvard researchers discovered that those who took vitamin E supplements daily lowered their risk of developing ALS by 62 percent. Lead researcher Alberto Ascherio, M.D., speculates that the antioxidant sponges up free radicals that can cause damage to the nervous system.

The best form of vitamin E is a vitamin E complex which includes alpha, beta and gamma tocopherol, as well as tocotrienols.

Most Vitamin E on the market is alpha tocopherol. The problem with taking only alpha tocopherol is that it can create a deficency in the other tocopherols. You want a vitamin E that provides the synergistic benefits of all the tocopherols and provides maximum antioxidant function to neutralize free radicals.

Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)

Several studies have proposed that a deficiency of thiamin (Vitamin B1) may be associated with ALS. A thiamin deficiency is characterized by a non-inflammatory degeneration of the myelin sheath.
Suggested usage : 25 mg a day


A deficiency in this mineral has been noted in ALS, which is really not surprising, since ninety to ninety-five percent of the populationare below healthy magnesium levels. Without sufficient magnesium the nerve cells cannot give or receive messages.

Magnesium can help with the following symptoms: muscle spasms, cramps, tics, jerks, backaches, low energy, inability to sleep, anxiety, nervousness, weakening bones, and heart-related difficulties.

Calcium needs magnesium in order to assimilate into the body. However, when too much calcium is consumed, it will pull magnesium out of the bones and tissues of the body. So calcium can actually rob the body of magnesium.

The solution to restoring healthy magnesium levels is to take a magnesium supplement that is highly absorbable. Most magnesium capsules and tablets are not completely absorbed by the body.

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