Muscular Dystrophy

Natural Home Treatments For Muscular Dystrophy Ailments

Muscular dystrophy is a degenerative condition where the muscles of the body slowly waste away, leading to weakness to the point of not being able to function, especially in the legs, hands, neck and face, but eventually the whole body.  Only 1 in 10,000 people have the disease, but it is a terribly debilitating disease for those who have it.  There has been some progress, however, in finding treatments that help the symptoms and may even slow the progression of the disease.  Some of the biggest resources available are nutritionally based supports that slow down the progression of the disease and support regeneration of muscle tissue.  Combining as many of these treatments as possible is important for normal optimum health, let alone slowing down and minimizing the symptoms of muscular dystrophy.

 

Treatments For Muscular Dystrophy

  • In the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition a study found that a diet supplemented with amino acids (the building blocks of protein) inhibited whole-body protein degradation, which leads to muscle breakdown.
  • Supplementing with the compound creatine (a very cheap and available powder) has been found in some studies, though not all, to help treat the condition.
  • Some preliminary studies have shown encouraging results for epigallocatechin gallate (EGG, an antioxidant in green tea) for protecting against the muscle wasting effects of the disease.
  • CoQ10 (coenzyme Q10) is an absolutely vital enzyme for muscle cells, used in growth control, energy production, and many other functions.  In two placebo controlled, double blind studies, 100mg of CoQ10 taken daily resulted in distinctly improved physical performance for patients with muscular dystrophy, and other atrophy.  The studies concluded that a higher dose would be more effective.
  • Supplementing with vitamin E (600mg) and a large dose of selenium (4,000 micrograms in the form of sodium seleniate), resulted in significant improvements in grip strength, gait normalization, and improved physical performance across several tasks in trial patients with muscular dystrophy.  The vitamin E cannot be a synthetic form of the vitamin, it must be in the natural “D-alpha” form.
  • Reishi mushrooms, as well as vitamins B and C have been found to help alleviate symptoms, as well as improve overall health in those affected.
  • Lecithin has shown improved therapeutic responses when taken with vitamin E, at doses of 20 grams (three tablespoons) per day.
  • Wheat germ and wheat germ oil offer a rich source of healthy nutrients, including vitamin E, selenium, and other compounds that are greatly beneficial to overall health, as well as for those with muscular dystrophy.

 

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