Recent research suggests that drinking a mug of cocoa once a day may help in the battle against fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis (MS).
A team of scientists from Oxford Brookes University finds that patients with MS who drank cocoa which is rich in flavonoids on a daily basis for six weeks reported less fatigue and pain. This may be due to the anti-inflammatory properties of cocoa.
Study leader Dr. Shelly Coe, senior lecturer in nutrition at Oxford Brookes University, says: “MS is unpredictable and different for everyone, so we now need to know exactly how effective flavonoid-rich hot chocolate is and whether it can benefit all people with MS before it’s recommended.”
A recent study from a Kaiser Permanente suggests that eating fatty fish once a week may help decrease the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) by 45%. This means that changes in diet may help prevent the condition.
For the study, a team of researchers asked 1,153 people about fish they ate, how often they had fish, and whether they took any fish oil supplements. Approximately half of the patients had been diagnosed with one of the forms of MS, first or recurring.
Study author Dr. Annette Langer-Gould of Kaiser Permanente Southern California and a member of the American Academy of Neurology explains: “We wanted to see if this simple lifestyle modification, regularly eating fish and taking fish oil supplements, could reduce the risk of MS.”
A study, published in the journal Neurology, suggests that eating a diet that includes many fruits, vegetables, and whole grains connected with the reduced disability and fewer symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
For the study, a team of scientists examined the questionnaires completed by 6,989 people with multiple sclerosis as part of the North American Research Committee registry. The scientists found that people in the group with the most healthful diet were 20% less likely to have more severe physical disability than people in the group with the least healthful diet.
The study author Kathryn C. Fitzgerald, working in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, concludes: “While this study does not determine whether a healthy lifestyle reduces MS symptoms or whether having severe symptoms makes it harder for people to engage in a healthy lifestyle, it provides evidence for the link between the two.”
A new study, published in JAMA Neurology, adds to the growing body of evidence of autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation as an effective treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS). This procedure halted disease progression for 5 years in almost half of patients.
For the study, a team of researchers analyzed data from 25 treatment centers in 13 countries, identifying 281 patients with multiple sclerosis who was treated with the foregoing procedure between 1995 and 2006, 78% of them had a progressive form of the condition. The scientists discovered that 46% of patients had no disease progression in 5 years after the treatment.
Lead study author Dr. Paolo Muraro from the Department of Medicine at Imperial College London says: “In this study, which is the largest long-term follow-up study of this procedure, we’ve shown we can ‘freeze’ a patient’s disease – and stop it from becoming worse, for up to five years. However, we must take into account that the treatment carries a small risk of death, and this is a disease that is not immediately life-threatening.”
According to the medics, coffee reduces the risk of developing multiple sclerosis. Daily drink consumption to 0.9 liters is recommended for the young people and adults, reports Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.
Scientists give the reason for their recommendation explaining that the caffeine which is contained in coffee has neuroprotective properties and can suppress the formation of chemical compounds which are involved in the inflammatory response associated with the appearance of multiple sclerosis.
It is also reported that such conclusions experts made during two studies. In the first study the inhabitants of Sweden were involved -1620 people suffering from multiple sclerosis, as well as 2788 healthy people. The second study was attended by residents of the United States – 1159 people with multiple sclerosis, and 1,172 healthy people.
Scientists have estimated the number of daily coffee drink by volunteers for life. After that, they evaluated the impact of coffee consumption on the development of multiple sclerosis.
As a result, data from Sweden have shown that the risk of developing multiple sclerosis in people who drink coffee on a daily basis over the last five to ten years, is decreasing by 28-30 percent. The same conclusion was reached by experts, analyzing the data obtained in the United States.
Scientists emphasize that now is not found a direct link between low risk of developing the disease and drink of coffee. However, experiments carried out on animals, confirm positive effects of beverage on the body and prevention of neurodegenerative diseases.
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