People suffering from MS i.e. multiple sclerosis often look for natural remedies to get relief from the problem. These remedies include use of herbs, supplements, vitamins and so on. However, one needs to be very careful while taking these supplements because it has been observed that some of these supplements cause more harm to the body than good. It is advised that one should discuss with their physician and only after their approval take supplement.
Is Green Tea Good For Multiple Sclerosis?
In the multiple sclerosis journal published in 2014, reveals that the deficiencies of some antioxidants in the body of patients suffering from multiple sclerosis will make the symptoms worst. Green tea is highly rick on antioxidant content and also in EGCG i.e. epigallocatechin-3-gallate content. Even though research have revealed the benefit of green tea for multiple sclerosis patients, but it is very important that it should also be taken in moderate amount for safe and better results. Excess intake of green tea is harmful because as per the journal published in 2015 reveals that green tea has polyphenon E content, which can have adverse effect on the liver problems.(1)
Ellen M. Mowry who is an MD of neurology at Johns Hopkins Medicine comments that “There are times when patients feel frustrated that doctors do not show much positive attitude for taking supplements but as a neurologist, I prefer to ensure that supplement is perfectly safe before prescribing it patients.
Let us take a look on some of the do’s and don’ts for people suffering from multiple sclerosis:
Discuss Benefits Of Vitamin D With Doctor
Research report reveals that people having low level of vitamin D in their blood and highly prone to develop multiple sclerosis. In addition, people who are already diagnosed with MS if have vitamin D deficiency then it increases the risk of disability to a great extent. Now the question that arises in the mind of majority of people is, does taking vitamin D supplements help in reducing the symptoms of MS? Dr. Vijayshree Yadav who is a researcher and neurologist Oregon Health & Science University said that among all, vitamin D is a very important supplement for people suffering multiple sclerosis. She revealed that she use to check the level of Vitamin D in her patients and if found that the level of Vitamin D is going down then immediately prescribe supplements for faster recovery
Further she added, even though use of vitamin D supplements is safe but if the intake becomes too high then it can lead to problems like vitamin D toxicity and other side effects can be observed. Hence, it is safe to take supplements only under the supervision of experienced medical professionals.
Consider Ginkgo Biloba for Fatigue
Leaves of ginkgo tree are used to create extract known as Ginkgo biloba. This extract is very useful in improving the memory and brain functioning. However, medical trails have not recorded any consistent benefit of the extract in the long run. Till date, scientific evidences have proven the fact that ginkgo biloba extract is useful for curing the memory loss caused because of multiple sclerosis.
Dr. Yadav gave her views on this and said that based on the evidences we don’t prescribe ginkgo biloba extract to multiple sclerosis patients for cognitive function. On the other side, a survey was conducted in which a group of people suffering from multiple sclerosis were given around 240 mg of ginko biloba extract for around four consecutive weeks showed significant improvement in symptoms of the problems.
It is one of the most popular types of antioxidant, which is naturally produced in the body. This antioxidant is required for converting food into energy. Report published in the Nutritional journal in the year 2016 reveals that supplement comprising of 500 mg of coenzyme Q10, if taken once in twelve weeks eliminates the symptoms of depression in people suffering from multiple sclerosis as compared to the people who don’t use it.
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