Women With Multiple Sclerosis May Have Lower Levels of Anti-Inflammatory Nutrients

Normal NerveMultiple sclerosis is an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system that destroys the protective covering of nerve fibers.  Nerve impulses between the brain and other regions of the body become disrupted and individuals with multiple sclerosis may experience a broad variety of neurological symptom.  Common symptoms may include; incoordination, weakness, difficulty walking, visual disturbances, numbness and fatigue.

A new study will be presented this April at the American Academy of Neurology’s 67th annual meeting in Washington DC.  The researchers found that women in the study group with multiple sclerosis had lower levels of five anti-inflammatory antioxidant nutrients – food folate, vitamin E, magnesium, quercetin and lutein-zeaxanthin. (1)

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis

Since multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory disease, improving anti-oxidant levels in patients who already have the disease may help reduce the risk of subsequent attacks.

Reference:

  1. Multiple sclerosis patients differ from healthy controls on antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients from self-reported diet history, Sandra D. Cassard, et al,. due to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 67th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, April 2015.
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