6 Effective Home Remedies for Leigh’s Disease

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Some of the home remedies for Leigh’s disease include the consumption of asparagus, sunflower seeds, pine nuts, pistachios, fish, various dried herbs, pork, yeast extract, sesame butter, pecans, macadamia nuts, mushrooms, spinach, flaxseed, green peas, and Brussels sprouts, and a low-carb, high-fat diet.

Leigh’s disease is a rare and terrible disease that is classified as a neurometabolic disorder and is almost exclusively found in infants and very young children. It is scientifically known as juvenile subacute necrotizing encephalomyelopathy. This disease attacks the central nervous system and is a progressive disorder.

Home Remedies for Leigh’s Disease

Home remedies for Leigh’s disease include the following:


Although most children don’t care for eating their vegetables, asparagus might be the best home remedy for Leigh’s disease because it is packed with vitamin B1 (thiamin) which slows down the damage of this disease. Spinach and Brussels sprouts are also recommended for the same reason.

Dried Herbs and Spices

Again, the sensitive stomachs of children are not wild about spices and herbs, but they contain impressive amounts of vitamins and minerals, especially thiamin. A serving of coriander provides 83% of the daily requirement, and poppy seeds, sage, paprika, mustard seeds, rosemary, and thyme are also very good options.

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Pine nuts, pecans, pistachios, and macadamia nuts are all very high in vitamin B1 and can stimulate the nervous system to combat the ravaging effects of Leigh’s Disease by promoting greater central nervous system strength.


Fish, like tuna, has been connected to Leigh’s disease because of the high levels of vitamin B1 contained in them. Try to create interesting meals for your young children, who are probably not very familiar with fish; but especially tuna which is packed with this beneficial nutrient.

Mushrooms and Peas

These two vegetables can also be added to a variety of other dishes, and their tastes can be masked if you have a picky eater for a child. However, their levels of vitamin B1 (thiamin) are significant.

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High-Fat, Low-Carb Diet

Although this is not a proven remedy or dietary choice, current studies point to this breakdown of a diet as the best option for preventing the rapid progression of Leigh’s disease in a child.


Like mentioned above, high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet has been suggested as a possible option for slowing the progress of the disease, but the most relied upon dietary shift is towards foods that are very heavy in vitamin B1 (thiamin). This vitamin is heavily involved in the proper functioning of the metabolic system and the central nervous system, so it can beneficially impact a patient’s life that has Leigh’s disease, although unfortunately, it should be seen as a temporary remedy, not a permanent cure.

If you have a child that is afflicted with Leigh’s disease, these foods and treatments can offer the best chance for an extended and relatively happy, healthy life.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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