Update: Nutritional Therapy To Aid In Recovery
tl;dr – list of vitamins below
Update: I found this resource: http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v01n06.shtml
After a lot of looking around (and there’s a LOT out there), this seemed to be the simplest and easiest way to start using nutrition to help balance the physiological problems associated with excess alcohol consumption.
There are, of course, many other specific vitamins, aminos and minerals that are useful, but this approach (multi vit/min supps) seems to cover all the bases quite well.
I’ve had success in controlling my blood sugar levels by following a lower carb and higher protein diet too.
Also reducing caffeine intake keeps anxiety and stress at a more manageable level.
I will be adding some omega 3 and 6 (fish oil and evening primrose oil) to help improve brain function and balance mood.
Also, depending on the concentrations in the multivitamin, I’m thinking about adding more vitamins E & A, zinc/calcium/magnesium supplement, and a probiotic for good measure.
Desiccated Liver tablets seem to be a good place to get the extra vitamin A and amino acids in one hit.
Quite frankly, there’s just SO much information out there about vitamins and their therapeutic effects… I don’t think it’s worth it to become an expert before I get started.
Edit: this is also an excellent list
For those who don’t want to or can’t click the link, here’s the breakdown of vitamins recommended:
What should the alcoholic do to help stop drinking and return his or her body to normal functioning? Supply the following nutrients to the body:
Vitamin C to saturation (on the order of 10,000 to 20,000 mg per day and more). High doses of vitamin C chemically neutralize the toxic breakdown products of alcohol metabolism. Vitamin C also increases the liver’s ability to reverse the fatty build-up so common in alcoholics.
To titrate to saturation, take 1000 mg of vitamin C every hour. When saturation is reached, there will be a single episode of diarrhea; then reduce the dosage to 1000 mg every four hours.
A B50-complex tablet (comprising 50 mg of each of the major B-vitamins, 6 times daily).
L-Glutamine (2000 or 3000 mg). L-Glutamine is an amino acid that decreases physiological cravings for alcohol. It is one the two primary energy providers that burn glycogen to provide fuel to the brain and stimulates many neurofunctions. L- Glutamine is naturally produced in the liver and kidneys. Alcohol harms the kidneys and liver, thus supplementation is vital (concurrently reducing cravings for sugar and alcohol).
Lecithin (2 to 4 tablespoons daily). Provides inositol and choline, related to the B-complex. Lecithin also helps mobilize fats out of the liver.
Chromium (at least 200 to perhaps 400 mcg chromium polynicotinate daily). Chromium greatly reduces carbohydrate mis-metabolism, and greatly helps control blood sugar levels. Many, if not most, alcoholics are hypoglycemic.
A good high-potency multi-vitamin, multi-mineral supplement as well, containing magnesium (400 mg) and the antioxidants carotene and d-alpha tocopherol.