Deficiencies in essential amino acids, as well as copper, calcium, magnesium and zinc will exacerbate your symptoms, so it is important that these be supplemented. In particular, L-Histidine HCl helps to maintain the Myelin Sheath which is the protective sheath for the nerves. Other amino acids such as Taurine, serve as Neurotransmitters in the brain and is a stabiliser of cell membranes and a facilitator in the transport of ions such as Sodium, Potassium, Calcium and Magnesium. Without these four substances movement is impossible. A nerve is normally surrounded by calcium and magnesium. When the nerve is stimulated, these minerals are replaced by sodium and potassium. When the nerve returns to rest, the calcium and magnesium move back to surround it. If any of these are deficient, the nerve can not function properly.
It is now important to find a sufficient source of mineral supplements. It has already been established that no movement can occur without certain minerals. Besides Sodium, Potassium, Calcium and Magnesium, Molybdenum, Chromium, Manganese, Zinc and Selenium are also essential. The latter, Selenium contributes to the raw materials from which the body makes Glutathione peroxidase, an enzyme which has an important antioxidant role in the body. Remember: Minerals which are essential factors in human nutrition can not be synthesized by the body. This means that they either must come from the foods you eat or they need to come from supplements.
Sodium is found in almost all prepared foods, so there is almost never a need to supplement this mineral. Sodium maintains the bodyÂ?s water balance, preventing dehydration; helps nerve functions; is used in muscle contraction, including the heart muscle; is utilised in energy production and helps move nutrients into the cells.
Potassium enables nutrients to move into and waste products to move out of cells, promotes healthy nerves and muscles, maintains fluid balance in the body, relaxes muscles, helps secretion of insulin for blood sugar control to produce constant energy, involved in metabolism, maintains heart functions, and stimulates gut movement to encourage proper elimination.
Calcium promotes a healthy heart, assists in clotting blood, promotes healthy nerves, contracts muscles, improves the health of skin, bone and teeth. It relieves aching muscles and maintains the correct acid-alkaline balance in the body.
Magnesium strengthens bones and teeth and is important for heart muscles and the nervous system. A deficiency of this mineral produces cramps and muscle spasms in the body.
Copper is needed among other things in the body for the formation of the insulating myelin sheath around nerves. It is also a constituent of an antioxidant enzyme involved in some inflammatory reactions.
Molybdenum helps rid the body of uric acid and detoxifies the body from free radicals, petrochemicals and sulphites.
Chromium plays a vital role in the activities of several enzymes. It is involved in the breakdown of sugar for conversion into energy and in the manufacture of certain fats. This mineral works together with insulin and is thus essential to the bodyÂ?s ability to process sugar. Chromium is also thought to be involved in the manufacture of proteins in the body. It is normally depleted by continued stress and the frequent consumption of sugar.
Manganese helps to form healthy bones, cartilage, tissues and nerves, activates more than twenty enzymes including an antioxidant enzyme system, stabilises blood sugar, promotes healthy DNA and RNA, essential for reproduction and red blood synthesis, important for insulin production, reduces cell damage, and is required for brain functions.
Zinc is a component of over 200 enzymes in the body, a component of DNA and RNA, essential for growth, important for healing, controls hormones which are messengers, aids ability to cope with stress effectively and promotes a healthy nervous system and brain.
Selenium is an antioxidant whose properties help to protect against free radicals and carcinogens, reduce inflammation, stimulate immune system to fight infection, promote a healthy heart, help vitamin EÂ?s action in the male reproductive system, and is needed for metabolism.
Vitamins are also very important to maintain good health, and with Multiple Sclerosis, vitamins C, B1, B5, B12, and Folic Acid are especially so.
Vitamin C strengthens the immune system to fight off infection; makes collagen, making bones, skin and joints firm and strong. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, which detoxifies pollutants and protects against cancer and heart disease. It also helps make anti-stress hormones and turns food into energy.
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) plays a vital role in the activities of many enzymes. It is essential for the breakdown and utilization of fats, alcohol and carbohydrates. It is important for a healthy nervous system, healthy muscles and for normal heart function.
Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) plays a vital role in the activities of many enzymes. It is essential for the production of energy from sugars and fats, for the manufacture of fats, corticosteroids (the natural steroid hormones of the adrenal glands), sex hormones; for the utilization of other vitamins for the proper function of the nervous system and the adrenal glands, and for normal growth and development.
Vitamin B12 plays a vital role in the activities of several enzymes. It is essential for the manufacture of the genetic materials of cells and thus for growth and development. The formation of red blood cells by the bone marrow is particularly dependent on this vitamin. It is also involved in the utilization of folic acid and carbohydrates in the diet, and is necessary for maintaining a healthy nervous system.
Folic Acid is critical during pregnancy and for the development of the brain and nerves. It is also essential for brain and nerve functions. Folic Acid is also needed for utilising protein and for red blood cell formation.
Other vitamins need to be purchased individually. Simply purchasing a Multi-Vitamin is not sufficient for therapeutic use, as vitamins such as vitamin C will require 2g - 4g (2,000 mg - 4,000 mg). Such quantities will not be found in any Multi-Vitamins.
Also important in Mutiple Sclerosis is Omega 3 fatty acids. Scientists who have studied the brains of people with MS, have found that brain tissue was very low in important fatty acids such as DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid). They also found low levels of Omega 3 fatty acids in the blood and almost no Omega 3 fatty acids in the fat tissues.
Omega 6 (Linoleic Acid) and Omega 3 (Linolenic Acid) are vital for the brain and nervous system, the immune system, the cardiovascular system and the skin. DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) and EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) are metabolites (products or bi-products evolved through the bodyÂ?s metabolic process) of Omega 3 found in Pumpkin and flax seeds which are rich in linolenic acid, while sesame and sunflower seeds are rich in Omega 6 (Linoleic Acid).
In the body there are twelve inorganic workers, which are commonly referred to as Biochemic Tissue Salts. For every nerve pulse to flow, two of these salts are required. These are Kalium Phosphate (Potassium Phosphate) and Natrum Muriaticum (Sodium Chloride).
Biochemic Tissue Salts are homoeopathically prepared but are not homoeopathic in their nature. They are classed as vibrational medicines, which are produced under the New Era® brand name. These are manufactured under the Medicine Act, and each has its own Product Licence (PL) number. These may be purchased from your local chemist.
Establish and remove all food allergies. Specifically, have a very low animal fat intake (less than 10g per day) and reduce even vegetable fats to less than 50g per day of polyunsaturated oils. No cowÂ?s milk products, although sheepÂ?s and goatÂ?s products can be used in small quantities.
Absolutely no caffeine or tannin, which means no coffee, tea or cola drinks. Cocoa needs to be avoided as well, which includes chocolate.
Vegetable proteins such as Soya, lentils and grains should be increased to compensate and fish such as salmon, herring and mackerel should be eaten at least every other day.
The herb Ginkgo biloba does wonders to clear the cobwebs and improve circulation to the brain, and therefore may be considered helpful to patients with MS. Ginkgo increases the rate at which information is transmitted at the level of the nerve cells. The enhancement of the flow of neurotransmitters in the brain has been shown in recent studies, to clear depression as well.
Detoxification is often neglected, overlooked or underestimated in healing, despite the fact that health professionals realise that a sick body is a toxic body. Toxic acids are normally products of cell catabolism, and we also take in varying amounts of toxic materials from the air we breathe, the food we eat and other sources in the environment. When these can be eliminated from the body, there is no problem. But when toxins accumulate faster than the body can eliminate them, either from living in a polluted environment or from one or more of the elimination systems being under-active, trouble lies ahead.
The orthodox medical world has postulated a variety of causes for Multiple Sclerosis, including, autoimmune disease (the bodyÂ?s immune system is attacking the nervous system), dietary causes and specific chemical reactions in the nervous system, probably caused by genetic errors. From this one might assume that making the immune system healthier will not solve the problem, but create new more enhanced ones.
The view taken by practitioners of Complementary Medicine is that the body is a whole unit, and disease of any of its parts, reflects an imbalance in the unit as a whole. Complementary MedicineÂ?s goal is to put into balance, all the systems of the body, creating harmony throughout.
The information contained in these sheets is correct to the best of my knowledge, and is dedicated to the loving memory of my mother, a victim of MS, who died on the 13th April 1997, at her home in Ottawa, Canada. Had I known then what I know now, I might have been able to help her. Perhaps for others, it will not be too late.
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Article written by W. Douglas Bisson, West Tomachoin, Abriachan, Inverness IV3-8LB, Scotland
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