I was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Q. Hi Terry, “I was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. I know there is not a “cure” or easy-fix, but I’m hoping you have some recommendations to help with my condition. I appreciate any guidance you can give me.” — Chloe M., Evansville, IN
A. Dear Chloe, Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, resulting in gradual loss of muscle control, vision, balance, and sensation. MS is considered to be an autoimmune disease, in which the nerves of the brain and spinal cord are damaged by one's own immune system.
There are some natural, supportive things that can be quite helpful for this condition. However, with a chronic disease like this, it is important that you keep your doctor in the loop regarding any dietary supplements or natural interventions you would like to add to your routine.
When it comes to supplementation, I would first recommend adding a strong, absorbable curcumin to your daily regimen. Curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric, is a potent antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory that works via multiple pathways. Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the product you choose features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oil in a patented process. I would take 750 mg twice per day.
I believe you would also benefit greatly by adding a clinically studied, uniquely standardized boswellia extract. Boswellia is a specific inhibitor of 5-LOX, an enzyme that activates leukotrienes, which induce inflammation. Because it helps reduce inflammation, along with oxidative stress (free radical damage), boswellia is effective for a variety of conditions. When choosing a boswellia extract, I believe an extract standardized for AKBA is essential. One of boswellia’s most powerful components is AKBA, which is why it is so often the focus of research. However, there is another compound in boswellia that is actually pro-inflammatory, which is called beta-boswellic acid (BBA). The boswellia extract I recommend is standardized so that you’re getting at least 10 percent AKBA and virtually no beta-boswellic acids. I would take 500 mg twice per day.
And last, but not least, I would recommend vitamin D. Much research has been done that suggests lack of vitamin D is one of the root causes of multiple sclerosis, cancer, as well as many other diseases. My recommendation for a good daily dose is 5000 IUs of vitamin D3 daily.
Terry . . . Naturally