Now we all know that enjoying a coffee in an outdoor cafe is a true pleasure. But who would have thought that such an indulgence could be an important part of a healthy lifestyle?
A recent study indicates that it is. It found that sun exposure during a person’s early adulthood and childhood and daily consumption of coffee were associated with a lower risk of developing MS.
Although the study showed that family history was clearly an important risk factor in whether a person developed MS - a family history of MS made a person more than 5 times more likely to develop MS - other lifestyle choices also affected a person’s risk profile regarding developing MS.
While eating fast food on a regular basis increased the chances of developing MS, the study indicated that good consumption of fruit decreased the risk of developing MS. Perhaps no surprises there.
However what might be surprising was the link found between having been infected with measles and the risk of developing MS. It showed that if a person has been infected by measles then he or she was more likely to develop MS than someone who had not. No doubt something to think about if you are not sure whether to immunise your child against measles.
So the key points to take away from the study? Less fast food for your kids, more fruit and outdoor playing for them in the sunshine. Make sure they are immunised against the measles. And when they are old enough to drink coffee, enjoy a coffee in with them outdoors at your local cafe!
Read the full study here
The countdown has begun..
Aug 16th is the date we have set to launch the newest member of our line-up of supplements focused on multiple sclerosis. And what a product it is!
Lipoic acid (also known as alpha lipoic acid) is a powerful antioxidant so it has remarkable benefit for you aside from any MS benefit. However with regard to MS specifically, it is thought that lipoic acid may have have an anti-inflammatory effect and may alter your immune response in a way that protects you from damage to your nerves (in other words a neuroprotective function). There are ongoing trials to confirm the link between lipoic acid and those benefits - just have a look at my research page.
The expression ALA can be used as an acronym for alpha lipoic acid and as an acronym for alpha linolenic acid. Careful, they are not the same thing. Alpha linolenic acid is an essential fatty acid and is found in flaxseed oil. Alpha lipoic acid is the exciting new product being added to our splendid range of MS supplements.
So when would you take your Lipoic acid supplement as part of your healthy daily routine? Good question. No doubt you are already taking one of our Biotin supplements. Biotin and Lipoic acid use the same uptake mechanism in the small intestine and so if you take them together they will interfere with each other’s absorption into your body. You want to avoid that. So best to separate them with a meal. What I do is take my biotin with a glass of water when I first wake up in the morning. I then take my Lipoic acid just before lunch. Simple.
Come visit us from Aug 16th and buy your Lipoic acid (ALA).
We are excited to announce a clever enhancement to our range of Biotin (vitamin B7) products!
You won't notice any change to the look of the capsules or the packaging. The change is in the capsules, in particular how they are absorbed into your body.
Typically when we take pure biotin as a dietary supplement whether in powder form, tablet or capsule, our stomach gets to work straight away by breaking it down with stomach acid. The problem with that is that by the time the Biotin reaches our small intestine, there is less of it. That is not ideal because it is in the small intestine that the biotin is absorbed into our body and you get the greatest benefit from it.
The enhancement that we are currently rolling out is to encapsulate all products in our Biotin range in delayed release vegetable capsules. What the delayed release capsules do is allow more biotin to reach the small intestine to be absorbed and utilised. That is going to be better for you and the benefit you get from our product.
Our MS-Biotin Boost is already being produced in this new delayed release capsule form. Before long our MS-Biotin Complex and MS-Biotin Probiotic will also have this enhancement.
Thereafter our MS-High Biotin will also start to be produced with this great new feature.
We are sure that you will be as excited as us about this new feature. If you'd like to read more about the science see my research page here:
We all know how important diet is for us MS'ers. But now a study suggests that exposure to certain gut bacteria at a young age may cause multiple sclerosis (MS) and fuel its progression.
The study, “Gut dysbiosis breaks immunological tolerance toward the central nervous system during young adulthood,” appeared in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This suggests getting your gut bacteria right could be a good strategy for managing your MS.
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Patients with multiple sclerosis will soon have access to a new test which can tell them exactly what type of MS they have and how well their medications are working.
Click here to read more.
What's right for me may not be right for you
In all the blogs and emailing I do about MS and biotin I have recently noticed a theme that I want to share.
Many people (including myself) are reporting increased spasticity when taking biotin (Vitamin B7) at 300mg/day. Spasticity manifests it two ways. Clonus and Tonus. Clonus is the uncontrollable muscle contractions that result in twitch or jumpiness. Tonus is a partial muscle contraction that results in a stiffness or cramping of the muscles.
Many have reported that Magnesium supplements help and I myself use our MS-Mag Boost to help minimise this.
Lot's of water also seems to help but a more effective thing that seems to be emerging is adjusting your dose of biotin.
There are more and more reports of people taking less than the recommended 300mg/day and still achieving benefits. I have also found this. When I take 4 x 75mg/day my spasticity is really annoying. Even with a lot of Magnesium and water. However when I take 3 x 75mg/day the spasticity seems a lot less but the benefits of better bladder control, less urgency, higher mental alertness, less fatigue are still achieved. If I reduce the dose further, to 2 x 75mg/d (150mg) I find I start to loose the benefits. I have seen reports from others that 100mg of biotin per day is enough for them to feel the benefits. I know 100mg is not enough for me.
I suggest everyone experiment with your dose and find what is right for you. It may be that it is linked to body weight. If you feel like letting me know what dose is right for you and what your weight is I would be revery interested in heading from you. You can comment here or drop me an email..
Here is a great interview with Dr Coibmra (in English) on the protocol he has developed over the past 15 years. Well worth a look.
Click here for Dr Coimbra Interview
The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centres (CMSC) has recently held a webinar of experts discussing the role of vitamin D in MS. Click here to read more.