Once again, giving the warning label, I am NOT a doctor and I advise medical advice before taking any supplements. Some you cannot take while taking certain antibiotics, an example being CoQ10 while using Mepron, some need to be taken a few hours away from your antibiotics, and some are not recommended for pregnant or lactating women. Don’t start a regimen without talking to your doctor.
With that being said, there are several supplements that are great to incorporate into your treatment plan. If you are seeing a Lyme literate doctor, you might be taking some or all of these already. You probably know how much it sucks because you are literally taking pills all day long, but know that it is helping you in the long haul.
Some may have not even heard of these supplements or why they are beneficial. These won’t cure Lyme, but will help aid you in getting well. Keeping a healthy immune system is very important because without a good immune system, your antibiotics are not going to do what they are suppose to.
It can actually be counterproductive. If you have been on long term antibiotics, or have had antibiotics for two weeks for strep or something like that and cried incessantly about being on them, you know they suck. They REALLY suck. Two weeks, 5 years. They suck all the time. So why make your treatment longer than it needs to be? Keep your immune system in check. Put those bastards into remission. Get your life back.
I have had a few people read my posts in the past and thank me, saying they were going to ask about different tests that they had not been tested for (mostly from my “Common Abnormalities Found with Lyme Disease” post) . A good doctor will listen to you, and there are even blood tests than can be run to test your levels on these to see if you have a deficiency. Unfortunately, sometimes diet alone cannot help us enough to get all that we need.
Here are some supplements you should consider incorporating into your protocol and why:
Probiotics – Now this one is a must for anyone on antibiotics! Protect your gut linings. With all those antibiotics, you are ruining your digestive track as well as your stomach, especially when we are taking antibiotics for months or years. Like Dr. S says, not all supplements are created equal.
A way to find a good probiotic is to find out if it needs to be refrigerated. You can get good probiotics at any naturopathic office. You don’t even have to make an appointment or book an office visit, just go there and request a bottle! Another great natural supplement to help aid is glutamine powder, which heals your gut lining. If you can’t get your hands on any of these, IF YOU DON’T HAVE A DIARY INTOLERANCE, is plain jane greek yogurt. I like to spice mine up with a little bit of honey and cinnamon, or vanilla. Those ones with fruit are loaded with even more preservatives and sugars you don’t need.
Magnesium – Probably one of the most common nutritional deficiencies Lyme depletes is the magnesium from your body, causing an array of symptoms neurologically, metabolically, muscular, and cardiovascular. There are different types of magnesium. I personally take magnesium glycinate, but another good choice is taurate. Magnesium citrate is a laxative, so be careful folks! There are also time release magnesium capsules. Leafy greens, nuts and seeds (if you aren’t allergic of course), white fish, beans, and avocados are rich in magnesium, and are Lyme friendly. Bananas are also a good source of magnesium, and are beneficial if you have potassium deficiencies.
CoQ10 – I know this particular supplement cannot be taken while taking Mepron as I am going through a Lyme and Babesia treatment. It is beneficial because it makes your body activate chemical processes much better, making everything you take just plain work better and filter throughout the body like they are suppose to. This supplement will help stabilize blood pressure, eye conditions, Parkinson’s symptom, give you more energy, and is good for your heart. You may have a CoQ10 deficiency if you are having energy issues, constant headaches, high blood pressure, and heart problems (Common with Lyme and Babesia).
Vitamin B – There are many types of vitamin B, 8 actually, one being folic acid ( I am sure you all have heard of folic acid!). Several are good to incorporate into your Lyme protocol, but today I will focus on the two most common vitamin B deficiencies among Lyme patients are B-6 and B-12.
B-6 is important because it will help aid in kidney function (a lot of antibiotics are filtered through your kidneys), help with anxiety, and ease carpel tunnel syndrome. It will also lower homocysteine levels ( common among Lyme patients).
B-12 is so important because it helps to make protein from amino acids, which aids in metabolizism of fats, carbs, and proteins. B-12 is also necessary to aid in production of blood cells, keep your nervous system in check, counteract poor intestinal problems, and help with neurological issues. B-12 is also commonly used in what is called a methylation process, if you have a MTHFR deficiency.
Vitamin C – Great to fight infection and inflammation, is a good antihistamine (a lot of us have what I like to call “the itchies” all over our extremities), and is necessary for overall health of blood vessels, wound healing, cartilage, bones, joint linings… the list goes on. Need I say more?
Vitamin D – A very common deficiency among Lymies as well as non-Lymies. Your body does not create vitamin D, but everyone needs it. Whether you get it from food, or natural sunlight. Like I said before, nutrition might not be enough, and if we are couch potatoes ( I know I am at least), it doesn’t help the situation out either. Without having sufficient vitamin D levels in your body symptom wise, it can cause muscle weakness, cardiovascular disease, affect your mental health (we are all a little crazy but this might help you out some). What happens is your body’s T-cells attack your own tissues. When you have an adequate amount in your system, your immune response will be much better.
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)- ALA is vital to cellular energy production. This is a synthetic lipoid acid, which is found in your body naturally. A deficiency can cause a decrease in muscle mass, lower your ability for your body to detoxify naturally, cause a weakened immune system, and memory problems. *Lyme Brain!*
Fish Oil – Fatty Omega Acids found in fish oil are very beneficial for many reasons, ranging from psychological, neurological, movement, eye, and heart issues. Also good for diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, and kidney problems. This is a good all around supplement to take.
Neurological Symptom Specific Supplements include L-Carnitine, Al-#3 (found in Zhang Protocol), Puerian, Gaba and Cordyceps.
Many of these natural supplements could and should be used together as they work better as a whole, if that makes any sense. There are many different ways you can take these, whether it be pill form, liquids, or even injectables (injectables you need a prescription).
And don’t forget to detox. Absolutely necessary to get rid of the toxins in your body while on treatment. The Lyme die-off creates toxicity, outside sources like mold cause toxicity, antibiotics cause toxicity. Glutathione, Green and Black Tea, Lemon, Milk Thistle, Epsom Salt soaks are great tools to aid you on your way.
A brand that I would recommend is Pure Encapsulations. I know some you can order on Amazon.com , and I have gotten mine from Dr. S, which is easier for me as I always forget to order until I run out, and his office is less than 10 minutes from my house. I have had good luck with that particular brand, and if you are spending the money and taking a supplement, might as well get a good one! http://www.pureencapsulations.com <<< I don’t know if you can actually order on the site *Lyme brain* but you can at least check out what is available.
I have taken every single one of these personally, among a ton of other supplements, and I feel that it has helped me some, at least increasing some of my energy levels (being able to stand longer), and my Parkinson’s like state is nearly gone, other than hand shaking and the occasional body rocking. Meds kicking in? I don’t know for sure, but I like to take care of my body and will keep an eye on how my immune system is doing, always. There is no chance after going through all of this that I will slack off once I finally get into a state of remission. It is a lifestyle I have learned to adapt to. And it just might benefit you. 😉
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