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Year : 2013   |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 149-156

Nutritional therapy for epilepsy

Extensive studies have been done to understand the patho-phyisology of epilepsy. Inspite of large number of antiepileptic drugs being available in the market, 30% of patients still suffer from epilepsy. Various experiments have been done to explore the association of dietary supplements in relieving symptoms of epilepsy and it suggests that dietary therapy shows important adjunct to the available antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). Therefore, this review discusses current status of various dietary supplements (amino acids, minerals, antioxidants, vitamins, ketogenic diet, Atkin diet and herbal therapy) and the probable mechanisms of their efficacies. This would be helpful in their development as future nutritional therapy for the treatment of intractable epileptic disorders
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