My 45 year-old son was recently diagnosed with early stage MS.
Q. Dear Terry, “My 45 year-old son was recently diagnosed with early stage MS. The MS neurologist put him on a prescription medication, along with IV steroids. He recently started a modified Paleo diet and is eating organic fruits and veggies. He is also avoiding GMOs. Can you offer any advice? I am very worried about him.” — F. S., Hollywood, FL
A. Dear F.S., It sounds like your son is already taking some steps towards improving his condition. The good news is I do have some options that can help. As always, I encourage your son to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with his physician, as they may have additional input.
Personally, I would adopt a stricter diet than the Paleo diet. The diet I recommend is the ketogenic diet. To learn more about this diet you can visit the www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com website. The ketogenic diet emphasizes a lot of good quality fats like grass-fed butter, coconut oil, and olive oil to name a few. It also involves restricting all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. I understand this diet can take a lot of effort, but it can really make a difference.
Aside from diet modification, there are three natural ingredients your son may want to consider adding to his daily routine.
The first ingredient I would recommend is curcumin, which is derived from the spice turmeric. While turmeric may be a healthy food, curcumin may be the most powerful natural medicine of our time. Researchers have consistently noticed that people with MS have higher levels of chronic inflammation and curcumin is the best natural anti-inflammatory I am aware of. I would take 750 mg of curcumin, twice a day. Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so he needs to make sure the product he chooses 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 oils. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be better absorbed than standard curcumin.
Another great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory I recommend is grape seed extract. There have been some promising animal studies that have demonstrated grape seed extract’s ability to delay the progression of MS. The grape seed extract I recommend comes from France and is standardized to contain only the small, absorbable OPCs. The larger OPCs, called tannins, are not absorbed and don’t contribute to your health the same way that the smaller OPCs do. I would recommend taking 400 mg of this tannin-free grape seed extract three times a day.
Lastly, he should consider supplementing with glutathione. Glutathione is the body’s master antioxidant and virtually every person dealing with a chronic disease is depleted in glutathione. Glutathione is created in the body from the amino acids glycine, cysteine, and glutamic acid. Unfortunately, due to age and certain disease processes, glutathione supplies can become limited. Therefore, I recommend taking 150 mg of the reduced, active form of L-glutathione three times daily.
Additionally, other ingredients that your son may want to consider include vitamin D, boswellia and Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10).
Terry . . . Naturally