This is installment #7 of our “14 Proven Benefits of IV Therapy” Series.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system which affects the brain and spinal cord. In MS one’s immune system attacks the myelin (or protective sheath) that covers the nerve fibers and interrupts communication between the brain and the rest of the body. Because there can be many different nerves affected and the extent to which the damage can vary, symptoms can vastly range. They can be visual, neurological, and/or affect movement.
Some common symptoms associated with MS are:
- Numbness or tingling in one or more extremity
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Muscle spasms
- Electric-shock sensations that occur with certain neck movements
- Tremor or lack of coordination
- Vision problems (blurry, double, loss of vision)
- Muscle spasms and stiffness
- Speech problems (slurring, stuttering, loss of volume)
MS can be potentially debilitating and, as of now, there is no cure. Treatments can help speed recovery from attacks, manage symptoms, and slow the progression of the disease. While traditional IV methods have been used for MS for a number of years, unconventional methods have recently started to become more popular. In MS stimulating the immune system may be risky so immune “down-regulation” may be favorable. As a result, supplements that enhance immune function may be an unfavorable choice for those with MS. Specific vitamins that suggest to be of certain significance to people with MS are Vitamin D, Antioxidant vitamins, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12.
Vitamin D plays an important role in cell, neuromuscular and immune function; it is also important for calcium absorption and bone growth. Multiple studies have associated higher vitamin D intake and higher vitamin D levels with lower risk of developing MS. Many people who have an increased risk with MS have risk factors for developing osteoporosis.
Antioxidants lessen damage that are caused by free radicals (oxidants). There is evidence to propose that the harm caused by free radicals may be involved in the disease process in MS. Antioxidant vitamins that have been positively associated with those with MS are Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E.
Vitamin A is necessary for vision and promotes normal growth and differentiation of cells in the body. Because people with MS are at an increased risk for urinary tract infections (UTIs), Vitamin C has been used by some to acidify the urine. This is done in hopes that it prevents recurrent or chronic infections but is controversial because there is no evidence that the Vitamin C has this effect on the urine. Vitamin E prevents oxidative damage to cell membranes or linings and, as previously mentioned, in MS the myelin is destroyed around the brain and spinal cord.
Vitamin B6 holds significance in those with MS in that many patients feel they have a lack of energy. It is important to use care with higher dosages as it can mimic symptoms of MS such as numbness, tingling, and pain.
Vitamin B12 has been shown to be lower in those with MS than the general population, and severe B12 deficiencies produce neurological symptoms that are similar to MS.
IV therapy can help MS in a variety of ways, and delivery of vitamins via the intravenous route allows for 100% bioavailability. Until recently, fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) have not been able to be given IV due to the fact that they are oil-based. WHydrate offers a multiple vitamin injection for adults, allowing fat-soluble vitamins to be administered IV by using an ingredient that water solubilizes the oil-soluble vitamins.