Bell’s palsy is a paralysis or weakness of the muscles on one side of your face. One side of the face droops due to damage to the facial nerve. This condition comes on suddenly, often overnight, and usually gets better on its own within a few weeks.
Patients are often told that Bell’s palsy is the result of a stroke. It is not, however, the result of a stroke or a transient ischemic attack (TIA). While stroke and TIA can cause facial paralysis, there is no link between Bell’s palsy and either of these conditions. Palsy simply means weakness or paralysis.
What are the Symptoms?
The main symptom of Bell’s palsy is a sudden weakness or paralysis in one side of your face that causes it to droop; however, the nerve damage may also affect your sense of taste and how you make tears and saliva.
What is the Cause?
The cause of Bell’s palsy is not clear, however most cases are thought to be caused by the herpes virus that causes cold sores. A new study has suggested a strong link to the reactivation of herpes simplex virus in the development of Bell’s palsy.1 It is still unclear if facial palsy is caused by direct injury to the facial nerve or by a virus-associated immune-mediated mechanism. Other possible causes include: diabetes, high blood pressure, toxins, Lyme disease, Gullian-Barre Syndrome, sarcoidosis, myasthenia gravis and infection.
A diet high in refined carbohydrates, sugar and processed foods contributes to a lower immune system, and therefore can cause an extreme vitamin and mineral deficiency in the system. Focus on fresh vegetables, fruit, almonds, walnuts, wild salmon, free-range chicken, goat yogurt and kefir, eggs and grass-fed beef.
Recommended Supplementation for Bell’s Palsy
Viruses increase the need for vitamin A, D and omega-3 fatty acids.
The requirements for B-complex are much higher during this time due to stress and nerve function.
To calm the facial muscles and increase detoxification
Supports adrenal glands and detoxification.
- J Med Virol March 1998;54:162-166.
- Picture care of Patrick Lynch, wikipedia.