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Red Wine Eases MS Symptoms

July 20, 2017

In the past, we have written an article about alcohol’s effect on multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. It is common for MS patients to have greater sensitivity to the effects of alcohol, like balance, dizziness, and the inability to speak or think clearly. You can read the rest of the article here. However, a new study has found that higher total alcohol and red wine intake were associated with a lower cross-sectional level of neurologic disability in persons with MS. The results also showed that it increased T2 hyper intense lesion volume (T2LV) accumulation.

Drinking a glass of red wine every day has been proven to have benefits for people. An Israeli study that consisted of 224 people (non-MS patients) found that the group that drank red wine had significantly increased their levels of good HDL cholesterol and had a more beneficial cholesterol ratio compared to the group that drank water. You can read about the study here. Now there could be the possibility that red wine could be beneficial for MS patients.

In this new study, alcohol and red wine consumption were measured as servings per week. Researchers found that patients drinking more than 4 drinks per week had a higher likelihood of a lower Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) score and lower Multiple Sclerosis Severity Score (MSSS) at the time of the questionnaire compared to nondrinkers. Similarly, patients who drank more than 3 glasses of red wine per week had greater odds of a lower EDSS and lower MSSS compared to nondrinkers. However, researchers noted that there was a faster increase in T2LV in patients consuming 1-3 glasses of red wine per week.

Via MS Views & News