Multiple Sclerosis

Written by Stacy Chbosky
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Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system that usually strikes young adults, commonly between the ages of 20 and 40. The diagnosis is often devastating, but treatment can help slow the progress of the disease, making it much easier to live with. Doctors recommend finding a treatment that works for the patient, and sticking with it. People with multiple sclerosis should never stop their treatments before talking to their doctors.

Myelin

Myelin is a fatty layer that sheathes nerves. It protects the nerves, and also speeds up the impulses which travel along them. Multiple sclerosis is a disease which attacks this myelin. The disease is chronic, meaning it never goes away, and degenerative, meaning it worsens over time. The cause of the disease is unknown, but it is characterized as an auto-immune disorder. In other words, the immune system has somehow mistaken the myelin sheath for a foreign body, and has set about attacking it.

When the myelin is destroyed, it interrupts nerve impulses. It most frequently affects the nerves that transmit impulses for vision, limb usage and sensation. The result is often numbness or the limbs, or even complete paralysis. Symptoms like these usually come in waves. A person may feel numbness in his limbs and have difficulty speaking for weeks or months, then the symptoms can go away for years.

For this reason, many people with multiple sclerosis benefit from supplements that boost their immune systems. One way to do boost the immune system is by boosting glutathione levels. Glutathione is an antioxidant which naturally occurs with human cells. Improving glutathione levels improves overall health.

However, it should be noted that oral glutathione supplements are not effective, because glutathione is digested and broken down in the stomach, meaning very little actually reaches the bloodstream. It's important to take a precursor or building block of glutathione, and the most important of these is cysteine. Cysteine is best supplied by bioactive undenatured whey proteins. People with MS can benefit from undenatured whey proteins that raise their glutathione back up to a normal, healthy level.


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