Top 15 way to treat ALS natually

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ALS is a shortcut for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. It is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. This is a rapidly degenerative neuromuscular disease.

ALS affects the nervous system by slowly destroying the neurons in the brain and spinal cord, which affect and control the movement of the body. Those people who suffer from ALS gradually lose their ability to speak, talk, and walk and even suffer respiratory failure. For someone who is diagnosed with ALS, this disease can feel overwhelming. There are many treatment options which are available, and they can ease the symptoms or improve function. There are 3 types of ALS-Guamanian, sporadic and familial. Familial ALS is inherited genetically and is the less common form which happens in 5 – 10% of cases.

Doctors are not sure what the real cause is for Guamanian and sporadic ALS. There can be several common conditions that accompany the illness, and they are related to the development of ALS. The most common causes for ALS are exposure to toxins, including pesticides; low levels of Vitamin E and Vitamin B12; depletion of essential fatty acids; antioxidant deficiency, including SOD and glutathione; low levels of magnesium and calcium; genetic predisposition; head and neck trauma; heavy metal toxicity. If you suffer from ALS, then you need to talk with your doctor before you start using some of the below-mentioned home remedies for this condition.


15 home remedies for ALS

Sleep and rest help in ALS

People who suffer from ALS are often complaining about fatigue and insomnia. They can have trouble staying asleep or trouble sleeping, and this can be caused by a combination of depression and/or anxiety, respiratory weakness, pain, and discomfort. It is known that natural sleep can help you to have a restful sleep. You should be active during the day because this will make you sleepier at night. You can practice aromatherapy with the usage of relaxing essential oils, such as chamomile because it can help you to feel calm and relaxed. You should eat foods that increase serotonin and melatonin, such as unrefined carbohydrates like 100% quinoa, corn, brown rice, and whole-grain oats.

Also, you can take magnesium before you go to bed to promote restful sleep. You should stick to a normal sleep-wake schedule because this can help to increase cardiac rhythm functions. Also, you can drink a relaxing tea. You can take a warm bath because it can help you to have a better sleep. Also, you can take calming herbs, such as St. John’s wort and valerian root, but before you start using these home remedies in any form, you need to talk with your doctor.

If your pain is interfering with your sleep and well-being, then you should try incorporating natural painkillers, such as peppermint and lavender essential oil (you can use these essential oils to make a homemade muscle rub recipe), massage therapy and acupuncture (these techniques are stress-relieving and they can decrease the muscle stiffness and pain) and Epsom salt baths (these baths provide magnesium, and they can help to reduce the muscular or joint pain). If your doctor thinks that it is appropriate for you, then you can do foam roller exercises and self–myofascial release to loosen your stiff muscles. [1,2]

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Fish oil help in ALS

It is rich in Omega – 3 fatty acids and essential acids. This is one of the best ways to reduce inflammation in the body. This can restore brain health, and it can boost your immune system. [3]

Zinc and copper good for ALS

These minerals are effective in the natural treatment of ALS. It is known that large doses of zinc can inhibit copper absorption while small amounts of copper with a moderate amount of zinc can help in the prevention of neuron death. You should take a moderate amount of both minerals because they can help to prevent neuron death. You should take a moderate amount of both minerals because this can help to stabilize the ALS symptoms. [4]


Coenzyme Q10 is a powerful antioxidant, and this is the key component of mitochondrial function.


This is a very important mineral that can help to reduce mercury concentrations, and it can counter the heavy metal effects in the body.

Vitamin D

It is known that Vitamin D3 can assist in calcium absorption, which can improve mitochondrial function and helps maintain bone mass. [5]

Calcium and magnesium good for ALS

It is known that replenishing calcium and magnesium levels in the body can help with detoxification which can be very helpful for removing toxins and heavy metals from the body. Calcium and magnesium work together to activate each other, and also they support bone and muscle health. [6]

B-complex/Vitamin B12

Vitamin B in all forms is very important for nerve function, energy levels, and muscle support. It was found that Vitamin B12 in the form of methylcobalamin can help to slow muscle loss.

Vitamin E and Vitamin C

These vitamins are antioxidants that can strengthen connective tissues, support the immune function and help to maintain the entire function of the body. Also, Vitamin C can help with glutamate uptake, so if you have a Vitamin C deficiency, then it could create an abnormally high glutamate level that can lead to nerve death. Some studies are shown that Vitamin E can play a role in ALS prevention, and this is beneficial for managing symptoms.

Healthy fats

You should add healthy fats to your diet as your natural treatment for ALS. Avocado, ghee or cultured butter, cold–pressed olive oil, and coconut oil are some good sources of healthy fats. Coconut oil is very beneficial for healing the body, and also it works on several levels to boost the natural defense of your body against diseases.

Quality protein sources

You should avoid organic protein sources because they have excess hormones and other chemicals. You should choose pumpkin/squash seeds, cashews, pecans, lentils, lamb, cage-free eggs, free-range chicken, and grass-fed beef.


We know that vegetables are rich in nutrients. You should consume foods that are high in minerals and antioxidants which can detoxify your body, such as mushrooms, red peppers, carrots, spinach (this vegetable is also rich in zinc), red beans, or kidney beans (they are very high in antioxidants even higher than wild blueberries), artichokes and leafy greens.

Exercise and physical therapy

People who suffer from ALS can benefit from physical therapy and exercise because it can reduce muscle stiffness, decrease the risk of falling, facilitate balance and coordination, strengthen muscles, and helps to improve mobility. Physical therapy is important for patients suffering from ALS because it can prevent contractures or rigidity and shortening of tendons, muscles, and other tissue. There are some people who suffer from ALS who need to use orthotic devices and/or other assistive devices, such as wheelchairs or walkers, to get around, and physical therapy can help them to get the most benefits from these devices. [7]

High antioxidant fruits

Fruits have antioxidants that can convert free radicals and super oxygen into less harmful molecules, and they can support the function of your body. You should consume fruits that are rich in antioxidants, such as cranberries, blackberries, acai berries, wild blueberries, and goji berries.

What you should eat

It is very important to eat a nutrient-dense diet. You should remove all toxins and processed foods from your diet. You should remove all processed foods made with hydrogenated oils, refined grains, preservatives, and other chemicals, as well as remove all sugars, which are included, artificial sweeteners. You should add a variety of nutrient-dense foods which will fight against free radicals.

Free radicals attack motor neurons, so you can reduce their effects when you are eating a healthy diet which can slow the decay process. You should eat whole foods because it is very important when you are simply supplementing with nutrients does not mean that your body can necessarily absorb and use them properly. You should eat unprocessed and nutritious foods because, in this way, your body will receive and process nutrition.

Also, it is very important to eat foods that are rich in antioxidants and concentrated nutrients because the body is made to absorb minerals and vitamins, which are best in whole food form.


[1] Iyer V. Poor sleep common in newly diagnosed ALS patients, Study shows. ALS News Today. 2019.

[2] Boentert M. Sleep disturbances in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: current perspectives. Nature and Science of Sleep. 2019;11:97–111.

[3] Boumil EF, Vohnoutka RB, Liu Y, et al. Omega-3 hastens and Omega-6 delays the progression of neuropathology in a murine model of familial ALS. The Open Neurology Journal. 2017;11:84–91.

[4] Peters TL, Beard JD, Umbach DM, et al. Blood levels of trace metals and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Neurotoxicology. 2016;54:119–26.

[5] Chen LR, Wen YT, Kuo CL, Chen KH. Calcium and Vitamin D supplementation on bone health: Current evidence and recommendations. International Journal of Gerontology. 2014;8(4):183-8.

[6] Fondell E, O’Reilly EJ, Fitzgerald KC, et al. Magnesium intake and risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: Results from five large cohort studies. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration. 2013;14(0):356–61.

[7] Bello-Haas VD. Physical therapy for individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: current insights. Degenerative Neurological and Neuromuscular Disease. 2018;8:45–54.


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