At Beyond MS we have found that a daily regimen of supplements is an integral aspect of the nutritional strategies for MS. We feel the following basic recommendations are completely safe and can reduce the severity of symptoms, as well as significantly improve overall health, mental attitude and general well-being.
Basic Supplements – The Essentials
- Vitamin D3: 5000-8000 IU
- This is best from pills not associated with any vitamin A
- Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids: 5 g of EPA+DHA
- This is best from fish oil such as salmon oil (.3 grams EPA + DHA per 1 gram capsule). 1-2 tablespoons of cod liver oil is also an option but ensure that vitamin A content does not exceed 5000 IU. The addition of 1 tablespoon of flax oil can be of value because it contains alpha linolenic acid, a precursor to EPA and DHA.
- Calcium: 1000-1200 mg
- Magnesium: 500-600 mg
Basic Supplements - Vitamins
- Vitamin A: 5000 IU
- Vitamin B complex: 100 mg
- No flush Niacin (B3): 2 g
- Folic acid: 400 mcg
- Vitamin B12: 1-2 mg
- Vitamin C: 1 g
- Vitamin E (natural): 400 IU
Basic Supplements - Minerals
- Zinc: 25-50 mg
- Copper: 1-2 mg
- Selenium: 200 mcg
- Manganese: 20 mg
- Iodine: 200 mcg
Basic Supplements - Antioxidants
- Grape Seed Extract: 2-4 capsules
- Ginkgo Biloba: 120 mg
- Alpha Lipoic Acid: 1200 mg
- Coenzyme Q10: 60-90 mg
- EGCG Max (epigallocatechin-3-gallate): 2 capsules (700 mg each)
- Quercetin: 400 mg
- Bromelain: 400 mg
Basic Supplements - Probiotics
- Acidophilus - 6 to 9 capsules (2 to 3 with each meal)
On-going studies are being done to determine the correlation between other supplements, combinations of supplements and dosages required, and their impact on MS symptoms.
Consult your doctor before embarking on a course of additional supplements and perhaps get monitored while trying them out. Also we recommend starting with low dosages at first in order to determine their impact on your condition and whether they are interfering with any medications you may be taking.
Here is a list of additional supplements that have been studied and may be helpful:
Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) an antioxidant, has been found helpful in a recent study to suppress and treat MS. Findings suggest ALA warrants further investigation as a useful therapy for MS.
Carnitine has been found helpful in reducing fatigue in patients with multiple sclerosis
Curcumin has been found to block the progression of MS in a recent laboratory study
Flavonoids may be helpful
Ginkgo biloba has shown preliminary evidence of effectiveness
Nicotinamide has shown considerable therapeutic potential as studies determine it seems to delay the onset and severity of disability