Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system.
A substance called myelin ( a lipoprotein) protects the nerve fibres in the central nervous system, which helps messages travel between the brain and the rest of the body. In MS the myelin sheath is damaged causing a dysfunction of the nervous system.
According to the UK’s MS Society there are approximately 107,000 people with MS in the UK, with 5,000 people being newly diagnosed with the condition each year.
This means around one in every 600 people in the UK has MS. Each day, approximately 14 people are diagnosed with MS
MS is a very complex condition and can show many different symptoms such as fatigue, balance, vision, bladder problems. It can affect your memory, emotions and sexual function to name just a few.
The cause is unknown and there is no known cure. Once diagnosed you can expect to have MS for life, although treatments are available to help you to manage the condition and its symptoms.
However, there is a growing resurgence of natural healing including the use of whole, raw, live, food as therapy. Hippocrates, born 460BC, known as the father of medicine, famously said “Let food be thy medicine, medicine thy food”
A more common phrase today “you are what you eat” reached the UK during the 1920s and 30s, Victor Lindlahr, a nutritionist with a strong belief that food controls health published in 1942 You Are What You Eat: how to win and keep health with diet.
If you are suffering this debilitating disease, It makes sense to ensure you do everything possible to help the body produce and preserve the essential myelin we need to protect the nerve fibres of the central nervous system as well as helping our immune system work as efficiently as it can.
CALCIUM: A deficiency of this mineral may be a factor in multiple sclerosis. However, be aware that over supplementation of calcium (more than 996 mg daily) may increase the risk of hip fractures so best obtained from foods.
Calcium supplements may also interact with some drugs (tetracycline antibiotics) if you take too much you may impair the body’s natural ability to absorb zinc, iron and magnesium, with very high doses leading to kidney stones. Another reason to obtain our calcium from the foods we consume.
Natural sources of calcium are almonds, apples, apricots, asparagus, avocado, bananas, beetroot, blueberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, broccoli, cabbage, canteloupe, carrots, celery, cherry, courgette, cranberry, fennel, figs, garlic, ginger, grape, grapefruit, green beans, kale, lemon, lime, mango, mint, mushrooms, nectarine, onions, orange, papaya, parsnip, peach, peas, pineapple, raisins, raspberry, sesame seeds, strawberries, spinach, squash, sunflower seeds, tomatoes, walnuts watercress, watermelon, wheatgrass and the wolf berry.
Herbs containing calcium include, alfalfa, burdock root, cayenne, chamomile, fennel seeds, flaxseed, kelp, lemongrass, parsley, peppermint, and shepherds purse.
COPPER: Also thought to play a role in maintaining the myelin sheath.
Natural sources are almonds, apple, artichokes, asparagus, avocados, cashews, bananas, beetroot, bell peppers, broccoli carrots, crimini mushrooms, nuts, garlic, ginger, green beans and leafy vegetables, kale, kiwi, lentils, orange, peas, pecans, prunes, pumpkin, radish, raisin, sesame, sunflower seeds, spinach, squash, strawberry, sweet potato, swiss chard, tomato, walnuts,
IODINE: Helps to ensure proper thyroid function. Thyroid hormones help develop the nervous system by aiding the formulation of the myelin sheath of certain nerves in the central nervous system.
Natural sources are sea vegetables such as kelp, strawberries, onions, asparagus, dulse, garlic, mushrooms, sesame seeds, spinach, spirulina, squash, swiss chard, turnip greens.
VITAMIN D: Researchers are working on studies to determine whether taking vitamin D supplements could be successful as a reliable therapy for people with MS.
According to reports from the Linus Pauling Institute deficiencies of vitamin B12, B5 and B9 (which are known to play a role in the formation and maintenance of a functional myelin sheath) can lead to a breakdown of the myelin sheath.
VITAMIN B5 (pantothenic acid) found by consuming whole grains and eggs; VITAMIN B9 (folate) found in avocados and watermelon. With meats, dairy products or fortified cereals as sources of VITAMIN B12 (cobalamin).
Natural sources of B5 also include alfalfa sprouts, apple, avocado, blackcurrants, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chestnuts, cucumber, green beans, gooseberries, grapefruit, guava, lentils, mushrooms, orange, parsnip, peas, pomegranate, pumpkin, raspberries, sunflower seeds, tomato, spinach, spirulina, squash, strawberries, sweet potato, swiss chard, watercress and watermelon.
Natural sources of B9 can be found in apple, apricots, asparagus, avocados, beetroot, bell peppers, broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots, cabbage, cashew nuts, cauliflower, celery, green leafy vegetables, kale, lentils, lettuce, melon, mushrooms, orange, pumpkins, spinach, split peas, sprouts, sesame seeds, squash, strawberry, spirulina and walnuts.
Natural sources of B12 is generally believed only to be found in meat and dairy products. However, it is thought by many to be found in sea vegetables, spirulina and wheatgrass. It can also be found in the herbs, alfalfa, bladderwrack and hops.
Interestingly, it appears that all three vitamins can be found in avocado and spirulina.
VITAMIN B3 (niacin) is vital to a healthy nervous system.
Natural Sources of B3 include, almonds, apple, asparagus, avocado, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, egg plant, green beans, guava, kale, loganberries, mango, mushrooms, nectarine, orange, parsnip, passion fruit, peach, peas, pine nuts, pumpkin, raspberries, sesame seeds, spinach, spirulina, squash, strawberries, sunflower seeds, sweet potato, tomato and wheatgrass.
VITAMIN B2 (riboflavin) In combination with other B vitamins including B6 (pyridoxine) and B3 (niacin) may help with multiple sclerosis.
Natural Sources include apple, asparagus, avocado, banana, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cherry, grape, green leafy vegetables, kale, lettuce, mango, mushrooms, orange, passion fruit, peas, plums, pomegranate, raspberries, spinach, spirulina, squash, strawberries, swiss chard, tomato, watercress and wheatgrass.
You can also find in herbs such as:- Alfalfa, burdock root, cayenne, chamomile, fennel seed, ginseng, nettle, peppermint and sage.
VITAMIN B6 (pyridoxine)
Natural sources: apple, asparagus, avocado, bananas, bell peppers, blueberries, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cantaloupe, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, collard greens, eggplant, filberts, garlic, grapes, green beans, green peppers, guva, goosberries, kale, lettuce, mango, nectarine, orange, passions fruit, pear, peas, pineapple, pomegranate, pumpkin seeds, onions, spinach, spirulina, strawberries, squash, sunflower seeds, sweet potato, swiss chard, tomato, watercress, walnuts, watermelon.
Herbs:- alfalfa, cayenne
BE-AWARE: Vitamins are an essential part of maintaining a fully functional, healthy body – they assist in the growth and development of the body. In combination with all the other essential nutrients they play a part in many roles including metabolism, immunity and digestion. The best and natural way to meet your vitamin needs is to eat a balanced diet containing a variety of raw fruits and vegetables. If you can’t meet your needs through food alone, then, and only then you may require dietary supplements. If you feel you need help via alternative methods you must seek guidance from your doctor, nutritionist or natural juice therapist before taking supplements.
When you look at the details above it soon becomes apparent that if we eat a well balanced diet combining raw foods as above, the body will benefit from a wide range of nutrients to keep our immune system in good working order preventing disease.
For further information contact the writer:-
Carol Brace (Natural Juice Therapist)