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Correction of This Vitamin Deficiency Shown to Improve Seizure Control in Epilepsy

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  • When epileptic patients improved their vitamin D levels, their seizures were reduced by an average of 40%
  • One patient who had extremely low vitamin D levels, and averaged 450 seizures in three months, reduced the seizures to 30 after raising vitamin D levels
  • People with epilepsy face an even greater risk of vitamin D deficiency than the general population, as seizures may interfere with your ability to get outdoors and stay active, which can limit your exposure to the sunlight necessary for producing vitamin D; also, anti-epileptic drugs can interfere with vitamin D metabolism, further exacerbating the deficiency
  • The IDEAL way to optimize your vitamin D levels is through appropriate sun or safe tanning bed exposure, although a vitamin D3 supplement is better than no vitamin D at all

By Dr. Mercola

Nearly half of people with epilepsy are also vitamin D deficient,i but despite this well-known association, only a single study has been published on the effect of vitamin D for seizure control in the last 40 years.


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