Life Extension Suggestions
Most patients with epilepsy will take anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs). These drugs can affect vitamin status and raise homocysteine levels. Patients taking AEDs are advised to supplement with calcium and vitamin D to help prevent AED-induced osteoporosis and to regularly monitor their homocysteine levels. If homocysteine levels are elevated, patients should take steps to reduce homocysteine by using B vitamins, including L-methylfolate, vitamin B12, and vitamin B6. For more information, see the Homocysteine protocol.
Patients on a ketogenic diet are advised to take a high-potency multivitamin to ensure adequate availability of nutrients. In addition, a high intake of fiber (more than 20 g daily) is recommended to reduce fluctuations in blood sugar levels.
The following nutrients may help modulate neuronal excitability:
In addition, the following blood tests can provide relevant information for epileptic patients: