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by Gary F. Zeolla

In February of 2001, I developed restless leg syndrome. In this condition, the legs and even arms will "jerk" on their own while one is asleep waking the person up. Needless to say, this can be very frustrating, especially when it happens repeatedly during the night. It makes getting a good night's sleep just about impossible.

When the problem first flared up, I went to a neurologist, and he said that low dopamine levels cause RLS. This is also the cause of Parkinson’s, which is rather scary given my paternal grandmother died of Parkinson’s. My neurologist prescribed a prescription drug (Mirapex), but it made me feel horrible.

Therefore, I search the ‘Net and found that NADH was supposed to increase dopamine levels. I also saw studies showing it helped with Parkinson’s, so I figured it was worth a try. I took 5 mg/day in the prescribed fashion: first thing in the morning, with a full glass of water, and then waited for 30 minutes before eating or drinking anything.

Taking the NADH definitely helped with the RLS. After taking it for a couple of weeks, my RLS was basically under control. It also helped with my insomnia in general. However, I didn't notice increased energy levels as it has been claimed to do. But then, I only took 5 mg a day, while for increased energy 10-20 mg a day are usually recommended. But the problem with taking that much NADH is it is rather expensive.

After about six months I decided to try stopping the NADH. And I found that my RLS did not flare up. It would still bother me on rare occasions, but not often enough for me to spend the money on the supplement. As such, the best I could figure is my levels of NADH and/ or dopamine were at critically low levels, but by supplementing with this product for six months, it brought the levels back up to an adequate level.

NADH is available under different brand names, such as Natrol and Source Naturals.

For a more detailed discussion on my experiences with NADH and RLS, see Dealing with Restless Leg Syndrome.

NADH - Supplement Descriptions. Copyright 2004, 2005 by Gary F. Zeolla.

NADH is available from iHerb and Amazon.
For iHerb, when checking out, use referral code HOP815 to receive $5.00 off your first order.

The above article was posted on this site May 31, 2004.
It was updated May 3, 2008.

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