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MS (Multiple Sclerosis): Over-the Counter Supplement Shows Promise!

Updated on March 10, 2012
MS is a terrible, debilitating disease.
MS is a terrible, debilitating disease.

N-acetylglucosamine and MS (Multiple Sclerosis)

N-acetylglucosamine is an over-the counter supplement that is showing promise in the fight against MS (multiple sclerosis). Similar to glucosamine, which many take to relieve arthritis symptoms, GlcNAc (as it's known) puts a halt to the formation of abnormal T-Cells. These cells, in MS patients, cause the immune system to go haywire and attack tissue that protects nerves. Apparently, GlcNAc corrects a genetic defect that causes these cells to attack.

Researchers at the University of California studied the effect of the supplement on mice that had disease similar to MS. After taking the supplement the mice' condition, which included leg weakness, was reversed and paralysis, which the disease leads to, was halted.

The study was published in The Journal of Biological Chemistry.

An over-the-counter supplement, N-acetylglucosamine, shows promise in the treatment of MS.
An over-the-counter supplement, N-acetylglucosamine, shows promise in the treatment of MS.

GlcNAc: More Info & Other Autoimmune Diseases

GlcNAc not only may help those with MS, but also those suffering from other autoimmune diseases as well.

In a clinical trial involving 12 children, eight were said to dramatically improve after taking GlcNAc for two years. These kids suffered from autoimmune inflammatory bowel disease.

Naturally, there will have to be more human trials to determine the therapy's effectiveness.

If you suffer from multiple sclerosis, visit your doctor to see if N-acetylglucosamine may be a viable treatment for you!
If you suffer from multiple sclerosis, visit your doctor to see if N-acetylglucosamine may be a viable treatment for you!

MS? See Your Doctor...

The mice in the study received the supplement, GlcNAc, orally with spectacular results. Naturally, if you want to take this supplement and suffer from multiple sclerosis, the best thing to do is see your doctor so that he can research it further. Proper dosage would need to be determined, etc. It will also be up to your health-care professional to determine if you should take GlcNAc based on your particular medical history.

CAUTION: The information included herein is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.


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    • Yvonne Decelis profile image

      Yvonne Decelis 

      5 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

      Thanks so much for this info!

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      Dreamer at heart 

      6 years ago from Northern California

      Very interesting article which may help MS patients to improve their health. Thanks for writing and sharing it.


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