Multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory disease which affects the brain and spinal cord; specifically, it is damage to the myelin sheaths around the axons (an axon is a protrusion that extends from the cell body; its main function is to conduct electrical impulses away from the cell body). It is estimated that approximately 400,000 people in the U.S. have MS, but that number could be higher.
Myelin is the insulating material that is comprised of fatty substances and protein, particularly it is the cell insulator in the spinal cord and the brain. The myelin sheath increases the electrical and nerve impulses released from the cells.
Damage to or loss of the myelin sheath is called demyelation. Multiple sclerosis is a degenerative autoimmune disease that can result from demyelation. When the myelin sheath is damaged, the nerve impulses slow down or can even stop. In the instance of multiple sclerosis, the immune system attacks the myelin sheath and damages it. This causes lesions and scars in the myelin layer.
Some symptoms of multiple sclerosis include muscle weakness, slowing of cognitive ability, numbness, tingling, chronic pain, vision weakness, difficulty speaking or swallowing, fatigue, and bladder difficulties.
The causes of multiple sclerosis are not 100% certain, but viral infections and environmental factors may have a part in the onset of the disease. According to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America,
“Additionally, researchers are now looking at a vitamin D deficiency (vitamin D may be derived from both sunshine and diet), along with the types and amounts of fat intake in one’s diet, as possible contributing factors of MS.”
It seems to appear more frequently in nations that are industrialized, and in nations where there is a lower intake of unsaturated fatty acids. Low levels of Omega 3 fatty acids and low levels of vitamin D were found in patients who were diagnosed with MS.
Currently there is no cure for MS. There are, however, treatments available. Treatment of MS may include prescription medication (there are now 6 drugs available for MS), however, there are adverse side affects from those drugs.
Another way that people are managing their MS is by diet. Adequate intake of vitamin D and essential fatty acids (Omega fatty acids) will help.
Hemp seeds and hemp seed oil have a 3:1 ratio of Omega fatty acids, the perfect ratio for the human body. They are also rich in vitamins, minerals, and edestin protein.
Hemp is a known anti-inflammatory; the Omega 3 fatty acids in hemp reduce inflammation. Hemp seeds and hemp seed oil also help with vision, cognitive ability (the brain is mainly composed of Omega 3 fatty acids), cellular repair, depression (which can stem from MS), and strengthening the immune system.
Introducing industrial hemp into the daily diet is an excellent way to treat symptoms arising from multiple sclerosis.
*I am not a physician and everything in this article is from my own personal reading and research and for information only. If you are currently on medication for MS DO NOT STOP TAKING IT. Please talk with your personal care provider before stopping or changing any of your medications.*