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Today we’re going to talk about a trace mineral that can help with excessive blinking, excessive jerking, excessive twitching, and other tics.
There are various conditions involving involuntary repetitive body motions like Tourettes, Tardive Dyskinesia, and Dystonia. Certain involuntary movements can even be caused by taking psych drugs or tranquilizers for a period of time. Involuntary muscle jerks and other tics can also occur from having had damage to the extrapyramidal part of the brain.
The extrapyramidal is a certain part of the brain involved in suppressing these abnormal muscle movements. Interestingly, this part of the brain needs a lot of manganese to function.
There has been research done on taking 10mg of manganese 3 times a day and improving these symptoms.
You may be taking something that’s depleting your manganese or other nutrients, and not consuming foods high in a certain nutrient.
Manganese is in foods like spinach, almonds, and bran. However, these foods also block the absorption of manganese. If you have these symptoms, I don’t think you will be able to get enough manganese through your diet. Supplements might be your best option.
If you’re going to take manganese supplements, you should also take:
• Vitamin B3 (niacin)
Manganese deficiency symptoms:
• Blood sugar issues
• Bone mineralization
• Impaired growth
• Skin rash
• Higher risk of epilepsy
• Increased pain
• Excessive ammonia
Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
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