What you eat, drink, and the medicines you take can all contribute to the hand, arm, and head tremors commonly associated with Essential Tremor (ET), one of the most common health problems that people over 65 face in the United States.
There have been a number of studies that have shown this, several of which have been linked below for your convenience.
For example, one study found that people with Essential Tremor have elevated levels of harmane in their blood, something found in grilled meat. The study found that participants who consumed heavy amounts of well-cooked meat had a 12% increased chance of having Essential Tremor.
But there’s good news. By being conscious of what you put into your body, you can hopefully reduce the incidence and intensity of your tremors. We’ve compiled a sample list of good foods and supplements, as well as a list of some to avoid.
Things that may help
There have been numerous studies that have shown that people with Essential Tremor often show signs of GABA deficiency. GABA is a naturally occurring amino acid in the brain that acts as a neurotransmitter — sending messages between neurons. You can get GABA as a supplement.
- Beta blockers
Designed for high blood pressure, some people report that beta blockers reduce their tremors. This is an option best discussed with your doctor, because they can cause other unintended side effects.
- Organic fruits & vegetables
- Smaller, oily fish
These include sardines, anchovies, and salmon. These fish have a much lower concentration of mercury, a heavy metal that may intensify tremors.
- Nutriganix’s all-natural supplement Tremadone. For details on how this proprietary formulation of high-quality herbal extracts and vitamins has been taken by over 20,000 people in the past decade to help with hand, arm, leg and voice tremors click here or the button below.
Things to avoid
This goes beyond just coffee. Black and green tea, energy drinks, chocolate, and that bottle of aspirin in your medicine cabinet. You probably have noticed that when you drink more caffeine, your tremors get worse. If you haven’t already eliminated caffeine from your diet, this is the first step you should take.
- Foods that contain harmane
These include grilled meat, coffee beans, and tobacco smoke. There have been a number of studies that have shown that people who suffer from Essential Tremor have elevated levels of harmane in their brains.
- Heavy metals
Heavy metals like lead, arsenic, and mercury act as neurotoxins disrupting normal cellular activity in the brain. One study found that participants with essential tremor had higher concentrations of heavy metals in their blood. Foods to avoid include: large fish, like tuna and shark; bone broth; and e-cigarettes.
Many people report temporary relief from hand tremors after drinking a few alcoholic beverages. That temporary relief can feel like a major victory. The problem is that over time alcohol consumption has been shown to increase the incidence of tremors, and it comes with the added risk of alcohol dependence.
- Certain prescription drugs
Prescription drugs such as Albuterol, some anti-depressants, Metoclopramide, Lithium, and others. We recommend talking to your doctor to see if one of your prescriptions could be causing or intensifying your tremors. If so, there may be an alternative drug you can take.