Multiple Sclerosis diet

• All the early work (in the 1930s and 1940s) with thiamine (vitamin B1) to help alleviate the symptoms of people with MS used the vitamin in shot form, into the vein or even into the spinal canal. And by this route, the improvements realized were described in the medical literature as "dramatic though transient." It makes perfect medical sense that thiamine should help, since, after all, the vitamin is absolutely essential to the proper functioning of the nervous system, and MS is a nervous system problem.
Multiple Sclerosis dietBut after these very promising early results, we found no further mention of researchers continuing to use this remedy, and that may be because the injectable (shot) form of this vitamin can cause some significant (even fatal) allergic problems. However, since thiamine absorbs very well when you take it by mouth, and is quite safe even in large doses this way, why risk taking it by shot? Based on the early dramatic results, it would seem reasonable to supplement this nutrient. Recommendation: Take 50 mg thiamine twice daily along with a 50 mg B-complex supplement. (The B vitamin group is quite interdependent and works best when you take all its members.)

• Multiple Sclerosis diet: There has been some speculation in the medical literature that exposure to high carbon monoxide levels may increase your risk for developing MS, based on two pieces of intriguing information: the fact that there are more cases of MS in localities where carbon monoxide is high, and the more common occurrence of a similar degenerating nervous system disease in survivors of carbon monoxide poisoning. Vitamin B6 needs increase with exposure to carbon monoxide, leading to the theory that this vitamin may offer some protection against the development or progression of MS. Recommendation: Take 50 mg of vitamin B6 along with a 50 mg dose of B-complex each day. Warning: Do not take amounts of vitamin B6 exceeding 150 mg per day, because doses of 200 mg have caused permanent nerve damage in some people.

• Vitamin C has also proven to be of benefit in helping your body overcome the toxic effects of carbon monoxide. Recommendation: Take 3000 to 5000 mg of time-release vitamin C daily, in divided doses, for this condition.

• Multiple Sclerosis diet: Sometimes deficiency of vitamin B12, pernicious anemia, masquerades as MS, since both disorders cause similar nerve damage both in physical symptoms and in specialized X-ray testing. A trial of vitamin B12 by injection can't hurt in either case and will cure the nerve problems caused by a deficiency of B12. Recommendation: With the assistance of your physician, take vitamin B12 as either cyanocobalamin or hydroxocobalamin in a dose of 1000 micrograms daily for 1 week, weekly for 6 weeks, then monthly for at least 6 months to assess your response. If you respond, continue to take injections on at least an every 3-month basis.

• Multiple Sclerosis dietResearchers have also speculated that people who live in areas where the soil is low in selenium may develop MS more frequently. Studies have also shown that many people with MS have low activity of glutathione peroxidase, the body's natural antioxidant and free radical scavenger. Deficiency of this mineral may lead to deficiency of the scavenger, which may leave the body vulnerable to damage by toxic substances, such as carbon monoxide. Studies have shown that a combination of vitamin C, selenium, and vitamin E work well together to raise the body's level of glutathione peroxidase as much as 5 times. Recommendation: Take a combination of 200 micrograms of selenium, plus 2 grams of vitamin C, plus 400IU of vitamin E as d-alpha-tocopherol succinate for 4 weeks, then increase the dose to twice daily for 6 months to assess your response. Warning: Vitamin E can cause elevation of blood pressure in some people. Please refer to the discussion of this vitamin for information on how to slowly and safely increase your dose to the recommended level. In this combination remedy, we would recommend that you first begin the combination using only 100 IU, then gradually increase that component of the combination, leaving the others the same.

• Multiple Sclerosis diet: The role of the "good" prostaglandins your body makes from dietary essential fatty acids in maintaining a healthy immune system, in relieving pain and inflammation, and in promoting healing of tissues is clear. Research also points to the fact that people with MS seem to be relatively deficient in the raw material fatty acid linoleic acid or GLA to make plenty of these "good" messengers. Recommendation: To facilitate the best response from essential fatty acids, begin with the proper macronutrient framework (see Section we, Macronutrients, page 23). The only variation from this plan that we would suggest is that you further curtail your intake of saturated fats from the 10% recommended to less than 5%. Then to that nutritionally sound base add gammalinoleic acid (GLA) and EPA fish oil in a ratio of 1:4 (GLA:EPA) 1 to 3 times daily. The EicoPro essential fatty acid product manufactured by Eicotec, Inc., of Marblehead, Massachusetts, contains ultrapure sources of linoleic acid and fish oils already combined in the proper ratio. If you cannot get that product, you can purchase linoleic acid in a product called evening primrose oil at most health and nutrition stores, and EPA fish oil as well. Because it is not as pure a form, the milligram dosing will be different. You can make a reasonable substitute by combining evening primrose oil capsules with fish oil capsules plus vitamin E. Take 500 mg of evening primrose oil (a source of linoleic acid in capsule form), plus 1000 mg EPA fish oil, plus 200 IU vitamin E 1 to 3 times a day. (Warning to diabetics: EPA fish oil can cause blood sugar fluctuations in some diabetics. Carefully monitor your blood sugar if you use this supplemental oil and discontinue its use if your blood sugar becomes difficult to control.)

• Another research team has reported that a combination of calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D taken over a period of 1 to 2 years reduced the number of symptom relapses in people with MS by more than half. Their regimen used dolomite powder in an amount sufficient to provide calcium (7 mg per pound of body weight per day) and magnesium (4.5 mg per pound of body weight per day) plus cod liver oil to provide 5000 IU per day of vitamin D. Recommendation: Because your body can store vitamin D, we hesitate to recommend so high a dose for such a long period, unless your personal physician is willing to directly supervise your care while on this regimen. However, you can safely scale the doses down to use 1 teaspoon of dolomite 3 times daily with 1 teaspoon of cod liver oil without risk.

• Multiple Sclerosis diet: Coenzyme Q10 improves circulation and tissue oxygenation while strengthening the immune system. Recommendation: Take 90 to 200 mg daily.

• Choline and inositol stimulate the central nervous system and help protect the myelin sheaths from damage. Recommendation: Supplement with 1000 mg each on a daily basis.

• Garlic is an excellent source of sulfur. Recommendation: 2 300 mg capsules 3 times daily.

• L-glycine supports the myelin sheaths. Recommendation: 500 mg twice daily, on an empty stomach.

•  Vitamin K helps prevent nausea and vomiting. Recommendation: Increase your intake of dark leafy greens, and supplement with 200 micrograms of vitamin K. 3 times daily.

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