I am 66 and have an extreme essential tremor that was diagnosed by a neurologist.
Q. Dear Terry, “I am 66 and have an extreme essential tremor that was diagnosed by a neurologist. The two blood pressure prescription drugs I am on helped for a short while, but now provide no relief. The shaking has become so pronounced in my dominant hand that I have trouble drinking coffee and can’t even sign my own name. I am so frustrated and desperate. Do you have any targeted supplement suggestions?” — Joan B., Dallas, TX
A. Dear Joan, “I encourage you to discuss any supplement recommendations with your neurologist, as they may have additional insight. With that being said, I believe I have some suggestions that may help improve your condition.
I believe you would benefit greatly by adding a highly absorbable curcumin. While the underlying causes of essential tremor may not be fully understood, it is likely that chronic inflammation plays a significant role. Curcumin has been scientifically investigated for numerous neurological issues and disorders, and shown to be very beneficial. One of the reasons curcumin is so effective is because it can address inflammation from many pathways, something drugs cannot do. However, standard curcumin is poorly absorbed so I would choose a curcumin with excellent absorption, and has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found is curcumin blended with turmeric essential oil. I would take 750 mg twice daily.
Vitamin B6, magnesium, and zinc would also be very great additions to your daily regimen. Vitamin B6 performs many roles in the body, and one of them is to keep 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. I recommend vitamin B6 in the form of pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P-5-P), the biologically active form. Many people (some estimate 30-50% of the population) cannot fully utilize B-vitamins from food and supplements because they must be converted into the active form before they function. By using this form of vitamin B6 that is identical to the kind your body utilizes, you bypass this problem entirely. I would also look for magnesium in the form of magnesium glycinate, because it is well-absorbed and does not cause loose stools or gastrointestinal upset, which can be present with other forms of magnesium. I would take 60 mg of vitamin B6 and 600 mg of magnesium glycinate per day. Zinc works synergistically with magnesium and vitamin B6, so I would also take 30 mg of zinc glycinate per day.
For additional support, you could also consider grape seed extract. Like curcumin, grape seed extract is a very powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Grape seed extract helps protect the neurological system by preventing the damaging effects of oxidative stress. I recommend a tannin-free French grape seed extract that is standardized to key compounds, OPCs (oligomeric proanthocyanidins), that are small enough to be absorbed, so you get the maximum benefits. I would take 400 mg per day.
Terry . . . Naturally