Help For Seizures?

Help For Seizures?

Do you have friends or family members that have epileptic seizures? Did you know that some seizures may be caused by diet? Well it's true. Recent research has shown that diets low in omega-3 and omega-9 fats can lead to seizures. In addition, diets high in omega-6 oils can also lead to seizures because the omega-6 oils cause an imbalance of good fats in our bodies. Most Americans are getting way too much omega-6 fatty acids in their diets. That's because almost all cooking oil in this country come from vegetable sources. Oils high in omega-6 fats are canola, corn, soybean, peanut, safflower, sunflower, and sesame.

Ironically, oil made from animals is much better for us than are vegetable oils with the exception of olive oil, flaxseed oil, and chia seed which are very high in beneficial omega-3 oils. The problem with chia and flaxseed oils is that they are not very good for cooking because they burn easily at high temperatures. That leaves olive oil and animal oils as the best choices for cooking. However, with that being said, you should be consuming flaxseed and chia seeds in ways other than cooking. You can put them in your salads; sprinkle them on smoothies, or just eat them by themselves.

However just remember if you decide to eat flaxseeds, that they must be ground up first before your body can use them. Chia seeds do not have to be ground up and they are actually higher in omega-3 fats than even flaxseeds. Chia seeds and flaxseeds can also help you to lose weight and they do wonders for the skin. They are also great natural laxatives. You should try to consume 3 tablespoons of either flaxseeds or chia seeds each day.

Now, back to seizures. According to conventional medicine, an epileptic seizure, occasionally referred to as a fit, is defined as a transient symptom of "abnormal excessive or synchronous neuronal activity in the brain". The outward effect can be as dramatic as a wild thrashing movement (tonic-clonic seizure) or as mild as a brief loss of awareness. It can manifest as an alteration in mental state, tonic or clonic movements, convulsions, and various other psychic symptoms. Sometimes it is not accompanied by convulsions but a full body "slump", where the person simply will lose control of their body and slump to the ground. The medical syndrome of recurrent, unprovoked seizures is termed epilepsy, but seizures can occur in people who do not have epilepsy.

About 4% of people will have an unprovoked seizure by the age of 80 and yet the chance of experiencing a second seizure is between 30% and 50%. Treatment may reduce the chance of a second one by as much as half. Most single episode seizures are managed by primary care physicians (emergency or general practitioners), whereas investigation and management of ongoing epilepsy is usually done by neurologists. Difficult-to-manage epilepsy may require consultation with an epileptologist, a neurologist with an interest in epilepsy.

There is no question that seizures are scary, especially when it affects a child. I know some children who have seizures and ironically they are vegetarians. It should be noted that people who don't eat a lot of meat also often develop epileptic seizures. Posted below is a link to a good article on seizures and omega-3 deficiencies. If you decide to try fish oils as the article recommends, only get those brands certified not to contain mercury. Mercury is a very toxic heavy metal that can make matters worse. In addition to increasing consumption of omega-3 oils, it may also be prudent to increase the amount of vitamin D3 being consumed--3,000 to 5,000 IUs per day.

The Connection Between Seizures and Omega-3
 

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  • 1/1/2011 3:49 PM Fallen and I can't get up wrote:
    There is a lot of good information here.
    I didn't know about flax seed and chia seeds, however. Is your recommendation of three tablespoons of one of these suitable for a person who does not have seizures? I have heard that these seeds are generally beneficial, but I don't know what amount to take. (I am sixty years old and have never experienced a seizure.)
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    1. 1/1/2011 10:19 PM THE COFAH NETWORK BLOG wrote:
      What you may want to consider is taking 1 tablespoon a day to see how it affects you. Flax seeds must be ground up first, whereas chia seeds do not. My experience with both seeds is they are great laxatives and provide beneficial omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids can help you lose weight and make your skin more supple and youthful looking. So experiment to see what dose is best for you.
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