B-Vitamins for Multiple Sclerosis
Updated: Sep 18
What is Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease in which the brain progressively deteriorates because the immune system attacks the protective covering of the nerves. The disease eventually will affect the central nervous system (CNS) because of the continuous demyelination of nerves and mitochondria that build the nerve cells. . Because of the connection to the CNS, the disease affects all areas of the body such as limbs, vision, GI, energy, and emotional status. . There is no cure but, conventional medicine has figured a way to slow the progression of the disease. . However, the disease has been successfully remitted by Dr. Terry Wahls by the daily implementation of specific dietary protocols into her daily diet.
It is recommended to take B vitamins when diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Dr. Alan Gaby (2017) lists several B vitamins in his book that have all been proven by studies to play a role in brain and CNS health. . B12 and B7 help build myelin structure. . One study wrote that B1 improves feelings of fatigue. . Also, B3 and B9prevents demyelination and improves behaviors. .
Studies also back up the usage of B vitamins by suggesting the improvement of cognitive impairment and feelings of fatigue.  In addition, an article written by Bourre (2006) writes about how B6 and B12 play a role in the synthesis of neurotransmitters, while other precious vitamins and minerals are eaten through a whole foods diet approach are imperative for the structure and function of the brain..
Can we get B Vitamins through Dietary Consumption?
We can get a significant amount of B vitamins through the diet.
B6, in particular, is found in foods like bananas, fish, meat, poultry, flax seeds, and whole grains. .
B1 is found in meat, legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains.
B3 is found in whole grains, fish, meat, poultry, and legumes. .
B12 can be found in seaweed, fermented soy, chlorella, fish, meat, poultry, and eggs. .
B7 can be found in egg yolks, some vegetables, fish, meat, and poultry. .
B9 can be found in leafy greens, legumes, whole grains, citrus foods, and beets. .
Essentially, B vitamins can be almost exclusively found in meats. . However, a person can get a decent amount of B vitamins with the addition of some grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, and seaweed, as well.
Herbal Medicinal for Nervous System Diseases
In addition to B vitamins, herbs can be used in combination to strengthen the nervous system. . A Nervine is a plant used to benefit the nervous system and it can be created into tonics, stimulants, and relaxants to aid in those benefits more effectively. . Oats is a particular nervine that can be used as a tonic. . It is also considered a whole grain and contains B vitamins. . Oats are high in B3 and B5, but also have B1. . The concentration of B3 is 0.91 mg per 1 cup or 81 grams of oats eaten. .
Whole Foods Approach and Dr. Terry Wahls
Dr. Terry Wahls a clinical professor at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa, was diagnosed with Mulitple Sclerosis. . She was already a well-established doctor when she found out she was diagnosed in the year 2,000. . After progressing very quickly, she decided to do something about her condition and looked into conventional medicine, but did not receive the results she expected. .
She then turned to functional medicine and the whole foods approach. . She found through research that vitamins and minerals would help slow the progression of her disease. . Afterward, she created her own dietary protocol and included B vitamins, in particular, in addition to other dietary regimes. The B vitamins she includes are B1, B9, B12, B6. . She has done numerous scientific articles and studies with other colleagues and her protocol works. .
Wahls Protocol Basics
Daily Dose of Dozens of Vegetables :
5 cups of Green Vegetables
1 cup of Sulfur rich Vegetables
3 cups of Bright Colors
8 oz of Animal Protein and 4 oz of Vegetable Protein
No Dairy and No Grains
Any Herbs and Spices
(Adopted from Liz Lipski, PhD, CNS, Copyright 2013; Terry Wahls: About The Wahls Protocol).
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