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

Nutritional therapy for epilepsy

J. Sancheti1 , M. F. Shaikh, M. Akhade, F. A. Shaikh, S. Sathaye

Correspondence Address:Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India. Brain Research Institute, Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. Discipline of Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia

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DOI: 10.4103/2231-4040.197331


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

Keywords: Epilepsy, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, ketogenic diet, Atkins diet, herbal therapies

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