Dear Dr. Mitch:
My friend has recently been diagnosed with MS. Is there any special supplements that you would recommend to help stop the symptoms and slow the nerve degeneration?
S.J., New Jersey
If it was my patient I would tell him/her to get on a good basic supplement program and to get the Vitamin D3 level checked, it is correlated well with MS, although most say the normal is Vitamin D3 level is 30 ng/ml but for MS patients it is optimal to be at 80-100 ng/ml or more. It is found in MS patients that they often require more Vitamin D3 to raise their levels than the average individual, and sometimes a patient may need to take 15,000 units or more a day based on ACTUAL levels. Measure the DHEA levels and try to keep them above high normal typically because autoimmune diseases usually have low DHEA levels associated with them. Mineral levels and the heavy metals should also be tested by a PRE and POST Challenge urine test with a chelating agent (an agent that can track heavy metals and remove them from the body if they are logged in the tissues) Evening Primrose Oil in high doses can be used even up to 18,000 mg per day, and Methylcobalamine in large doses may help to improve the nerve function. BUT ask your doctor first if what I have stated above and this information above can help you. Good luck!
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