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Supplements

A daily regimen of supplements is an important part of the nutritional strategies for MS. The basic recommendations below are completely safe and have the potential to be of significant benefit.

Basic Supplements - Essentials

  • Vitamin D3: 6000-8000 IU
    • This is best gotten from pills not associated with any vitamin A.
  • Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids: 5 g of EPA+DHA
    • This is best gotten 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)

Designer Supplements

Some special supplements are also potentially of value. These can be quite expensive and thus they are included in a separate list.

  • N acetyl cysteine (NAC): 500 mg This supplement can increase glutathione level which increases antioxidant capacity.
  • Inosine: 2g
    • This supplement increases uric acid level which neutralizes perioxynitrite. Note that gout can occur if one’s uric acid level is too high. The trick is to have one’s uric acid level as high as possible without inducing gout.
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