Are there any natural supplements that help with facial tics?
Dear Terry, “Are there any natural supplements that help with facial tics? Thank you!” — Kathy P., Knoxville, TN
Dear Kathy, I do believe I have an option that would be helpful. However, I encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your physician, as they may have additional input regarding a supplement regimen.
You should consider adding vitamin B6 and magnesium to your daily regimen. Vitamin B6 acts as a “coenzyme.” A coenzyme is a molecule that works with an enzyme to aid it in carrying out its job. Without the coenzyme, the enzyme would be useless. As a coenzyme, vitamin B6 assists in an amazing variety of tasks –including keeping the nervous system working smoothly. Magnesium is also extremely important for nervous system function. In fact, this mineral helps with muscle relaxation and resistance to nerve excitability.
When looking for products, I strongly recommend choosing ones that feature vitamin B6 in the form of pyridoxal-5-phospate (P-5-P) and magnesium in the form of magnesium glycinate. P-5-P is the biologically active form of vitamin B6. Many people (some estimate up to 30% of the population) cannot fully utilize B-vitamins from food and supplements because these forms of B-vitamins must be converted into the active form before they will function. By using the form of vitamin B6 that is identical to the kind your body utilizes, you bypass this problem entirely. Magnesium, in the form of magnesium glycinate, is well-absorbed and doesn’t cause loose stools or gastrointestinal upset, which can be present with certain other forms of magnesium.
I recommend taking 60 mg of vitamin B6 (as P-5-P) and 200 mg of magnesium (as magnesium glycinate) three times daily.
Terry . . . Naturally