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Yep, the addition of whey protein to any milk based product may enhance the flavor and will grant you a dose of Vitamin B-13, called Orotic Acid, an essential ingredient in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis.

According to Dr. Hans Nieper, Orotic Acid performs many key functions relating to the cell and Multiple Sclerosis is basically a deficiency disease. Moreover, it was found that magnesium bonded to OA resulted in a rare chemical synergy that made their combination more potent than either substance alone.

Unfortunately, whey protein and root vegetables seem to be the only dietary sources of Orotic Acid.

Magnesium Orotate

Nowadays, Orotic Acid can be obtained in combination with magnesium as a supplementary product called Magnesium Orotate. While there are several brands available, only one is manufactured under the strict guidelines dictated by Dr. Nieper himself. Dr. Nieper contracted with a company operating a website and using the name dr.nieper.com to market his products under the brand name Advanced Research, before his death in 1998. This company holds a 50-year-after-death exclusive contract. The best prices for Magnesium Orotate manufactured by Advanced Research can be found through LuckyVitamin.com.

Whey Protein

Whey protein is generally available where body building products are sold. Two or more scoops, mixed with a milk product, furnish enough protein for a small meal serving. (I have found that when I consume my protein as a liquid instead of a solid, I lose about ½ a pound on the scales, for each serving!) You can use cow's milk, goat's milk, soy or almond milk, yogurt, or pudding. You may also want to experiment with milk based baked goods and casseroles. I obtain my whey protein at Trader Joe's, which also has many vitamins at lower prices than my local natural food stores.

Root Vegetables

Root vegetables are readily available in major grocery stores throughout the US, although not all of them may be available year round. Some of these, such as lotus root, may only be available where oriental groceries are sold. If you are unfamiliar with these foods, and don't know who to select, prepare and serve them, I've found many delicious sounding recipes through foodnetwork.com. Many of these vegetables are known by multiple names. As follows:

  • Beets (also called Beetroots)
  • Black Radish
  • Burdock (also called Beggar's Button)
  • Carrots
  • Celeriac (also known as Celeri-rave, German Celery, Celery Knob, Celery Root, Soup Celery, Turnip Celery, and Turnip-Rooted Celery)
  • Daikon (also called Chinese Radish, Icicle Radish, Lo Bak, Loh Baak, Lo Buk, Lo Pak, Mooli, Oriental Radish, Japanese Radish, and White Radish)
  • Horseradish
  • Jicama (aka Mexican Turnip)
  • Kohlrabi (also called Turnip Cabbage, Stem Cabbage and Cabbage Turnip)
  • Lotus Root (aka Renkon)
  • Parsley Root (also known as Padrushka, Dutch Parsley, Hamburg Parsley, Parsnip-rooted Parsley, and Turnip-rooted Parsley)
  • Parsnips
  • Radish
  • Rutabaga (aka Sweet Turnip and Yellow Turnip)
  • Salsify (also called Oyster Plant and Vegetable Oyster)
  • Turnips

Vitamins, Minerals, Plus

NHIonDemand.com named several vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other supplements, in addition to magnesium, that were considered essential to Multiple Sclerosis treatment. Those named were:

Vitamin D

Food sources include fish products (fish liver oil, fatty saltwater fish, cod liver oil, halibut, salmon, sardines, and tuna); dairy products (eggs, egg yolks, butter, and milk); vegetables (dandelion greens, and sweet potatoes); and vegetable oils and oatmeal. Herbs include alfalfa, horsetail, nettle, and parsley.

LEF.org recommends 1,000 IU /day. Because Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, it is best taken in the morning because Iron is antagonistic to fat-soluble vitamins; Iron is best taken at bedtime.

Do not take Vitamin D without also taking calcium.

Vitamin B-12

Vitamin B12 is available in a sublingual tablet at 1,000 mg per dose. This is not too high, as this is the recommended dosage for Fibromyalgia, which I already take. LEF recommends 5-40 mg. of methylcobalamin tablets; however, other articles on their site imply higher doses may be called for in deficiency cases, without specifying dosage.

Food sources include fish products (clams, herring, mackerel, and seafood); dairy products including eggs and milk; liver and kidney; and brewer's yeast.

Calcium & Magnesium

Magnesium is available in most foods, most notably dairy products, fish, meat, and seafood. However, as a mineral, the best source is actually soil, such as the liquid mineral supplements mentioned elsewhere in these pages.

Fat-soluble vitamins and foods high in oxalic acid interfere with the absorption of magnesium. If supplementing in other than a liquid mineral supplement then, doses should be taken in the evening. Foods containing oxalic acid include almonds, chard, cocoa, rhubarb, spinach, and tea.

Zinc

Food sources include brewer's yeast; seafood (dulse, fish, kelp, oysters, and sardines); meat (lamb, liver, meats, and poultry); nuts and seeds (pecans, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds); vegetables (legumes, lima beans, and soybeans); egg yolks, mushrooms, torula yeast, and whole grains. Soy lecithin is another source but lecithin is generally classified as a naturally occurring laxative, best taken in conjunction with Iron at bedtime, in order to counter-act Iron's constipating effect. Herbs include alfalfa, burdock root, cayenne, chamomile, chickweed, dandelion, eyebright, fennel seed, hops, milk thistle, mullein, nettle, parsley, rose hips, sage, sarsaparilla, skullcap, and wild yam.

Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids

Studies found that people with MS had normal levels of Omega 6 fatty acids but were low in Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids are generally available in deep ocean oily fish and flaxseed oil. Flaxseed oil is generally served in cold, uncooked dishes in combination with other oils, such as salad dressing. Just anoint your salad with an oil based dressing, such as Italian (not creamy) or Oil & Vinegar, then add a portion of flaxseed oil to the salad and stir thoroughly.

Plant Fats

Plant Fats called Sterols (sitosterol) and Sterolins (sitosterolin) were named. Plants fats can be found in fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts.

Folic Acid

While this list did not include Folic Acid , FA and Vitamin B12 exist in a see-saw state in the body. When one is too high, the other is too low. Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause abnormal gait, chronic fatigue, depression, dizziness, hallucinations, headaches, memory loss, neurological damage, and spinal cord degeneration, just to name a few. The best sources of Vitamin B12 are brewer's yeast, clams, eggs, herring, kidney, liver, mackerel, milk and dairy products, and seafood. In the vegetable family, only sea vegetables such as dulse, kelp, kombu, and nori, and soybeans and soy products, contain Vitamin B12. Alfalfa , bladderwrack and hops are the only herbs you will find it in. Source: A-to-Z Guide to Supplements.

Folic acid deficiency can include MS symptoms such as apathy, fatigue, memory problems and weakness, among others. Through diet, folic acid can be derived from raw fruits and vegetables; cooking destroys FA. There are numerous other sources, including root vegetables.

Herbals

Finally, NiHonDemand.com identified Reishi mushrooms, Evening Primrose Oil, and Schizandra as herbals that would benefit your MS treatment plan.

Reishi mushrooms have been found to have a great many beneficial properties, including increasing appetite and vigor, and diminishing neuralgia and pain. Reishi mushrooms are antioxidants, antihypertensive, hypoglycemic, antiviral and have hepatoprotective capabilities.

Among other properties, Evening Primrose Oil is a specific remedy for Diabetic Neuropathy. It does this by decreasing the damaging microvascular effects of Diabetes.

Schizandra also has antioxidant properties and is a specific for correcting liver problems.

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