Multiple Sclerosis is caused by an abnormal immune response - immune system cells attack and damage the body’s central nervous system. Researchers found that patients diagnosed with MS have low levels of a specific fatty acid –oleic acid (Omega-9).
Oleic acid is important in regulating a normal immune response suppressing unnecessary or abnormal immune cell activity.
In laboratory experiments, researchers introduced oleic acid into tissue samples from MS patients, and normal immune cell response was restored. High levels of oleic acid are found in olive oil, avocado oil, and macadamia nuts.
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