As with any immune system illness I believe OPTIMUM NUTRITION is essential to 'normalise' the immune function as best possible. In my experience with ms, the times that I am most prone to relapse are the times when my immune system is triggered fighting infectious agents (viruses or bacteria). At these times all my ms symptoms are exacerbated and I need to give my immune system the BEST CHANCE POSSIBLE of dealing with the problem and to promote a QUICK RECOVERY (I call this damage minimisation).
Don't worry if you actually start getting more colds when they start taking supplements.
For some people the immune system appears to be over-
NUTRITION has become an IMPORTANT SURVIVAL TOOL! I may not be able to change the
fact that I have ms, at least I know I can LEARN MANAGE IT BETTER. My biggest stumbling
block is being prone to frequent UTI's (Urinary Tract Infections), and many times,
try as I might, I simply cannot (yet!) avoid them, but what I can do is LISTEN to
my body, diagnose the problem, get on-
I am still learning all the time and trying new vitamin combinations. The trick is
to begin to FEEL what your body requires. It may be tempting to go mad but I believe
too many vitamins could actually be damaging and just result in EXPENSIVE URINE (which
could also irritate the bladder). I think there is a limit to what the body can absorb
at one time and therefore would also recommend getting TIMED-
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MY VITAMIN/SUPPLEMENT PROGRAMME-
OTHER VITAMINS & SUPPLEMENTS-
AVOIDING URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS (UTI'S)-
WHAT I AM TAKING AT PRESENT & WHY?
B= Breakfast L=Lunch T=Tea
A good MULTIVITAMIN/MULTIMINERAL -
VITAMIN C (Timed Release)-
Vitamin C is an antioxidant essential for maintaining a healthy immune system and the smooth running of many vital bodily systems.
SOYA LETHICIN (CHOLINE & INOSITOL) -
LECITHIN, is BRAIN NOURISHING FOOD. It also helps the body metabolise fats in the liver.
CALCIUM (800mg) /MAGNESIUM (400mg)/ BORON (3mg) (B, T)
Calcium is essential for healthy bones and teeth as well as for normal growth, heart and muscle activity, and for a healthy nervous system. Vitamin D is also needed for the proper absorption of Calcium. A Calcium supplement is essential to me because I have excluded dairy products from my diet, and because, having taken regular doses of cortisone steroids in the past, I am aware of the risk of developing Osteoporosis (Brittle Bones). Magnesium also helps utilise Calcium, as well as other vitamins and minerals, and is vital to many bodily functions, including the maintenance of healthy bones, teeth, brain function, muscles, heart and nerves.
I am a great believer in how ANTI-
I started taking GSX in the form of SOOPERGRAPE since December 2000, which I stocked up on while I was over in the States! Daniel Gooch (See www.soopergrape.com) is dedicated to supplying GRAPE SEED EXTRACT to people with MS, as cheap as possible. His wife Robin has MS and this supplement is helping her. Daniel and Robin are a great couple, people you can really trust! This supplement which is not costing me the earth seems to be helping me stabilise MS.
I have also started taking the all sunshine VITAMIN D3 (I take 3000 IU a day) since
January 2001. It has been known for at least 50 years that people in high latitudes
face a 100 times greater risk of contracting the disease than people living at the
equator. Ashton Embry www.direct-
DIGESTIVE ENZYMES (T)
Digestive enzymes aid with the complete digestion of foods.
EVENING PRIMROSE OIL-
I get a B12 injection from my G.P. (100Omcg) every three months.
Vitamin B12 aids neurological disorders. Many people with ms are deficient in B12. (NB: B12 needs to be combined with Calcium for proper absorption.)
Please Email me and tell me what vitamins & supplements have helped you?
I DO NOT believe there is one miracle combination of vitamins and supplements that will make me better. However I do try different combinations at different times to discover which I best respond to. When I try a new product I test it out for at least a month and see how I FEEL while taking it. What I DON'T DO however, is keep adding supplement after supplement into my programme all at once. As I stated earlier not only would this be a waste of money, but also I believe it could be detrimental to the body.
VITAMIN E -
Vitamin E has antioxidant properties (so protects the body against damage caused
to cells by free-
SELENIUM (100mg) (antioxidant) with Zinc (15mg) & Vitamins A (800mcg), C (90mg) & E (33.5mg) (L)
Selenium is a vital trace mineral with antioxidant properties, so protecting cells from damage by free radicals. It works best in conjunction with Vitamin E. It is necessary for fertility and growth and the production of prostoglandins as well as many other body functions. Due to depleted Selenium levels in the soil, and hence in the foods we eat, a supplement of this mineral recommended. ( NB: Vitamin C may interfere with the the Selenium absorption so where possible should be taken separately).
VITAMIN B12 -
I have taken PYCONOGENAL (Pine Bark Extract) in the past and I have also taken CO-
I did take a herbal supplement, BUTCHERS BROOM, for poor CIRCULATION and this proved very effective. I now rely on GARLIC which is also good for circulation. After having garlic I've noticed my legs feel a lot warmer!
I have also taken ECHINACEA drops (Echinachea Purpurea Tincture). This herbal root and leaf extract helps the body to resist colds & infections (and also kills Candida). So I usually take it in the months just before the season change (around September and April), when I am most susceptible to coming down with something. Like many others with ms I have spoken to, I get what we have named, 'Spring/Autumn Worsenings'. It is difficult to explain exactly why this occurs but it may be due to the chopping and changing weather? My body doesn't tolerate sudden temperature changes well, and this appears to lower my body's immunity?
I have tried ECHINACEA in capsule form but this seemed to do very little for me. Please NOTE that there are reports that the use of this herb with autoimmune system illnesses like multiple sclerosis may exacerbate the condition, so PLEASE use them with CAUTION. LISTEN to your body and how it FEELS!
I have also tried the supplement, CAPRYLIC ACID, an anti-
Another 'gem' I have started taking recently is MSM (Sulphur) and it is working wonders for me. I have felt stronger, much more functional and am walking better, and I know that this supplement is really helping me! Hair Mineral Analysis (April 2001) has shown that I am low in Sulphur and also quite high in Mercury so this all adds up (as Sulphur will also help detoxify my body of the Mercury). I am also taking a chelated MANGANESE supplement and extra MANGNESIUM CITRATE as Hair Mineral Analysis has shown deficiency in these minerals. People with MS are often deficient in Magnesium and Manganese is helpful to balance!
Please Email me and tell me what vitamins & supplements have helped you?
(my biggest STUMBLING BLOCK)
GARLIC CONCENTRATE CAPSULES (ODOURLESS) -
CRANBERRY CONCENTRATE CAPSULES-
GRAPE FRUIT SEED EXTRACT (GFSE)-
I also make sure I drink lots of WATER, avoid drinking too much FRUIT JUICE (which can irritate the bladder), have the occasional drink of LEMON BARLEY WATER and often take EXTRA VITAMIN C (shown to help treat UTI's)
If the UTI has got very bad, I have to take ANTIBIOTICS to get on top of it as quickly
as possible. After a course of these tablets I make sure I take PROBIOTICS (ACIDOPHILUS).
Antibiotics not only fight the infection but also kill off the friendly beneficial
bacteria (lactobacilli, bifidobacteria) and so can upset the bodies natural defences.
This can lead to the growth of 'unfriendly' bacteria, yeast, and molds, like CANDIDA.
(causing THRUSH, INFECTIONS, FATIGUE, BLOATING, and ALLERGIES etc.) ACIDOPHILUS can
be taken to REPLEMISH the GUT FLORA, and re-
In 2001 I have managed to avoid bad UTI's by relying on CRANBERRY and ALOE VERA JUICE! I am determined from now on to avoid the vicious cycle of the frequent use of antibiotics which simply make me more prone to further UTI's and mess up the healthy flora in the gut leaving me wide open to attacks of MS and very ill and anxious.
I am also treating the CANDIDA condition I have (shown up from stool tests) through
the supplements (GOLDEN SEAL ROOT& raw GARLIC) and an anti-
I AM NOT A TRAINED NUTRITIONIST. ALL THE ABOVE INFORMATION HAS COME EITHER FROM BOOKS/ARTICLES I HAVE READ OR VITAMINS/SUPPLEMENTS PRESCRIBED FOR ME PERSONALLY BY A TRAINED NUTRITION CONSULTANT. AS EVERYBODY IS DIFFERENT I BELIEVE EACH INDIVIDUAL MUST WORK OUT WHAT VITAMINS/SUPPLEMENTS THEIR BODY NEEDS. PLEASE ALSO NOTE THAT I DO NOT ADVOCATE TAKING MORE THE RDA (RECOMMENDED DAILY ALLOWANCE) OF ANY VITAMIN, WITHOUT SEEKING PROFESSIONAL ADVISE FIRST.