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MS in Women Said to Lower Food Folate, Vitamin E and Magnesium Levels

March 3, 2016

Researchers have discovered that MS in women lowers the levels of food folate, vitamin E and magnesium. A reduction of these vitamins and minerals can lead to serious health concerns, as they are a huge part of a healthy immune system.

The researchers looked at 27 Caucasian women with multiple sclerosis and compared them with 30 healthy women aged 18 to 60. Participants reported on their diet and nutrition over the previous year before they began taking vitamin D supplements.

The average intake of food folate among the MS patients was 244 mcg, as compared to healthy women who consumed 321 mcg. Magnesium intake among the patients was 254 mg, and the healthy women met the recommended daily allowance of 320 mg by consuming, on average, 321 mg.

Study author Sandra D. Cassard said, “Since MS is a chronic inflammatory disorder, having enough nutrients with anti-inflammatory properties may help prevent the disease or reduce the risk of attacks for those who already have MS. Antioxidants are also critical to good health and help reduce the effects of other types of damage that can occur on a cellular level and contribute to neurologic diseases like MS. Whether the nutritional differences that we identified in the study are a cause of MS or a result of having it is not yet clear.”