MS, or Multiple Sclerosis, is a chronic and debilitating disease of the spinal cord and nervous systems of the human body. The nerve cells are covered by an insulating layer called the myelin, and when the disease is present, that layer is slowly destroyed, causing the nerves to malfunction. It has been studied and determined that in some people it may be possible to reverse MS with diet and vitamins.
The symptoms of multiple sclerosis can vary, but generally include neurological problems, such as with balance and gait. This can include problems with vision, muscle tone, spasms and tightness of the muscles. There are also cognitive, or mental types of problems that can occur, including depression or mood disorders. The most common sign is a loss of muscle tone, numbness and issues with walking.
Recent research has been testing the effectiveness of diet changes on the MS patient and overall environment changes, both to help prevent the disease and help after it is diagnosed. The Paleo diet has been suggested as a possible way of life for sufferers to follow to get some relief. It is comprised of grass fed meats, strictly organically grown produce and other natural, whole types of food, not processed. Fish with no additives or growth hormones are also part of this diet.
The Paleo Diet may help by supplying larger amounts of the essential B vitamins, which can help protect the nervous system and the immune functions of the body. This type of diet is also high in iodine and Omega 3 fatty acids, which are essential to cell growth and regeneration.
Another part of the prevention or alleviation of symptoms has been to add extra Vitamin D to the diet, especially in the natural form, directly from the sun. One recent study showed a marked increase of the disease in females whose mother didn’t get much sun, as they were pregnant in darker, winter months. The proximity to the equator seemed to make a big difference in the numbers of people who were affected.
Another way that may help in reducing the symptoms is to remove certain substances from the diet. One of the most important is the artificial sweetener Aspartame, which is found in many diet drinks and other diet foods. This substance can cause damage to the nervous system by breaking down the cells in the brain and throughout the entire body.
It is not just Aspartame which is killing off brain cells, it includes all substances that are not natural that are introduced into the body in the modern diet. Preservatives, colors and flavorings that are in everyday food can cause damage and eliminating these from the diet as much as possible may help to reverse the damage in a number of patients.
While changing the environmental elements and eliminating processed foods may help reverse MS, it is not a cure-all. But it may help to alleviate some of the debilitating symptoms and life changes that come with such a damaging disease. Some of these changes may prove to be easier than others. Simply getting outside in the natural Vitamin D-enhanced sunshine may benefit the body all the way around.