Links Between Epilepsy and Maternal Mood?

Thanks to Katherine Stone at Postpartum Progress  for posting this info:

On the list of things I wouldn’t have thought to research, I add this study appearing in the journal Epilepsia. Researchers in Italy found a statistically higher rate of PPD in women with epilepsy. Fascinating.

This is fascinating. Even more fascinating is the high number of nutritional correlates between epilepsy and mood and anxiety reactions.

Research like this can certainly make us scratch our heads in wonder, but a closer look shows known links to brain function and nutritional status. These links are evident for both epilepsy and maternal mental health.

For example, nutritional management for epilepsy can include the following:


Vitamin B Complex
Extremely important in the functioning of the central nervous system.

Vitamin B3
Improves circulation and is helpful for many brain-related disorders.

Vitamin B6
A necessary cofactor in the metabolism of a variety of neurotransmitters. Needed for normal brain function.

Vitamin B12
Needed for proper digestion, the formation of cells, and the production of myelin, the protective coating surrounding the nerves. Prevents nerve damage.

Vitamin B5
The anti-stress vitamin.

Vitamin B9
Vital for the health of the nervous system.

Vitamin C
Vital to functioning of the adrenal glands, which are the anti-stress glands.

Vitamin A
Aids in protecting brain function.

Vitamin E
The Canadian Journal of Neurological Science published a study showing that Vitamin E deficiency produces seizures. A powerful antioxidant that protects the body from damage by free radicals. Aids circulation.


Needed to balance with calcium.

Needed to prevent bone loss.

Needed for bone growth. Often deficient in those with epilepsy.

Found to significantly reduce seizures.

Plays a significant role in cerebral function. We’ve included additional study information showing the positive role of Manganese with Epilepsy.

Amino Acids:

Important for proper brain function. We’ve included additional study information showing the positive role of Taurine with Epilepsy.

Nutrient Cofactors:
Coenzyme Q10
Improves brain oxygenation. 


Integrative practitioners have used these same nutrients in treating perinatal mood issues for years.


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