March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month, and Avior Nutritionals is a strong supporter of this national initiative.

The 2019 MS awareness campaign is focused on MS and the Family, with specific topics such as Relationships and MS and Spotlighting Care Partner Needs.

There will be a live “Ask Me Anything” event on Tuesday, March 12th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST hosted by My MSAA Community, as well as a podcast which features psychologist, social worker and MS specialist, Miriam Franco.

Those interested in the podcast can sign up here to receive email updates.

A free webinar, The Partnership of Care” will be held on Monday, March 18th, with further events those with MS as well as their loved ones could benefit from. You can find an entire calendar of events on the MSAA website.

The Numbers Behind Multiple Sclerosis

You may not realize the widespread impact of MS. According to healthline.com, multiple sclerosis is the most widespread, disabling neurological condition of young adults across the globe.

The majority of those who receive a diagnosis of MS are between the ages of 20 and 50, although the disease can develop at any age.

The course of multiple sclerosis is rarely predictable; the disease can be progressive, remitting or relapsing, or can alternate between these types. Research has garnered little in the way of determining why MS occurs or why the progression of the disease is so difficult to determine. Most of those with MS will have a near-normal lifespan, and many MS sufferers will not develop severe disabilities.

It is estimated that as many as one million people in the United States are currently living with MS—a number which is more than double the last reported number.

As many as 200 new cases of multiple sclerosis are diagnosed each week in the United States.

Researchers are unable to definitively say what causes MS, although the disease occurs when neurons, nerve fibers and myelin in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. It is speculated that a combination of environmental factors and genetic factors are responsible for MS, but there remains little understanding of the disease.

Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

Although the exact symptoms of MS will vary from patient to patient, the general symptoms include:

  • Double vision, blurry vision, or total loss of vision
  • Hearing impairment
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Burning, tingling or numbness in limbs
  • A reduced sense of smell and taste
  • Chronic headaches
  • Personality changes
  • Depression
  • Speech changes
  • Facial pain or Bell’s Palsy
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Seizures
  • Tremors
  • Muscle spasms
  • Vertigo
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness

MS is diagnosed through a complete medical history, a neurological examination and such tests as evoked potentials, spinal fluid analysis, blood tests and an MRI.

The Impact of Supplements and Diet on MS

According to the National MS Society, many of those who suffer from multiple sclerosis have found help through diet and vitamin supplements, in particular Vitamin D, the antioxidant vitamins, vitamins B6, B7 and B12.

Preliminary research suggests that damage caused by free radicals could potentially be involved in the MS disease process, which means there could be a clinical benefit related to certain nutritional supplements.

Preliminary evidence suggests that the damage caused by free radicals may be involved in the disease process in MS. Additional patient surveys show a synergy between high dose biotin & NAD+ in support of neurological health.

Most of the current information regarding supplementation and MS is preliminary, however studies are in the works. With more than 100 years of experience in the healthcare industry Avior Nutritionals is passionately committed to helping those with compromised health increase their overall health and energy levels through high quality supplements.