Nutritional Therapy for Narcolepsy
Eat a low-fat diet high in cleansing foods such as leafy green vegetables and sea vegetables. Also eat foods high in the B vitamins, such as brewer's yeast and brown rice.
Include in the diet foods rich in the amino acid tyrosine. Good choices include eggs, oats, poultry, and wheat germ.
Caution: If you are taking an MAO inhibitor drug, avoid foods containing tyrosine, as drug and dietary interactions can cause a sudden, dangerous rise in blood pressure.
Eat foods high in protein (meats, poultry, cheese, nuts, seeds, and soy products) in the middle of the day, and save the complex carbohydrates (fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, natural whole grains, and pasta) for the evening meal. High-protein foods increase alertness, whereas carbohydrates have a calming effect and can promote sleepiness.
Avoid alcohol and sugar. They may seem stimulating initially, but will only make you tired later.
Discuss food and medicine limitations thoroughly with your health care provider or a qualified dietitian.
Listed below are nutrients that are believed to be important in case of narcolepsy. You can get it through your food or through taking supplements.
Essential Nutrients for Narcolepsy
Calcium and Magnesium
Choline or lecithin granules or capsules
Free-form amino acid complex
How to Take: Take on an empty stomach with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg vitamin B6 and 100 mg vitamin C for better absorption.
Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH)
Omega-3 essential fatty acids
Vitamin B complex plus extra vitamin B6 (pyridoxins)
Vitamin C with bioflavoinoids
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