Which specific foods or vitamins affect dystonia?

There does not appear to be a correlation between dystonia and diet. Generally speaking, you should have a nutritious diet sufficient in calories, considering the amount of muscle activity that can go on during the day. The diet should be well-balanced. Stimulants such as nicotine and caffeine may make symptoms worse in a number of patients. Similarly, alcohol may make symptoms temporarily better (or worse) in a few cases. Nutritional supplements and vitamins have not been shown to cause any dramatic improvement in movement disorders. Anything that makes a person more relaxed, calm or outright sleepy may nonspecifically, and usually only mildly, improve symptoms. People who are taking vitamins or herbs need to be very aware of any potential interactions with traditional medications. Discuss all medications and supplements you are considering with your movement disorders specialist. If you're on specific medications, certain foods can interfere with absorption.

This content originally appeared on the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation website at www.dystonia-foundation.org.

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When your muscles contract involuntarily, the condition is called dystonia. Dystonia causes a twisting or clenching of whatever body part is affected. For example, when you have a stroke, the affected arm and hand may be clenched ...

and held in a strange position. Dystonia can be very mild or very severe. It can make your life very difficult and this can lead to frustration, depression or anxiety. See your doctor to treat your symptoms and talk over your frustrations.

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