Simple Nutrient Makes MS Drugs More Effective

April 8, 2018

If you or a loved one is suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS) or any other nerve disorder, you've seen how devastating even small changes to the nervous system can be. Fortunately, researchers have found a simple nutrient that can make your treatments even more effective.

To understand how this nutrient works, it's helpful to know why the disease is so devastating. MS is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system recognizes the myelin sheaths that coat nerve cells as an enemy and begins breaking them down. Unfortunately, the myelin sheaths exist to protect nerve cells, and without them, nerve cells begin to malfunction. As you can imagine, this can lead to a variety of problems for the patient, from numbness to walking difficulties to slurred speech to vision loss. Currently, conventional medicine has no cure for the disease, though it does have some treatments available.

As you would expect, therapies to treat MS focus on trying to rebuild the myelin sheaths, a process called remyelination. Back in 2013, researchers from The Scripps Research Institute reported on a drug used for Parkinson's patients called benztropine, showing that it could also help MS patients. It works by helping cells called oligodendrocyte precursor cells develop into oligodendrocytes. Oligodendrocytes produce myelin and can also help repair the damage to the nerves.

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Now, those same researchers believe they've found a way to make benzotropine more effective. A molecule called taurine seems to "feed" MS drugs like benzotropine and miconazole. Taurine is what's called an endogenous metabolite, meaning that cells can make it naturally. While it can't cause oligodendrocyte precursors to mature on its own, the study that the researchers published in Nature Chemical Biology shows that it can make the remyelination process driven by benzotropine or miconazole significantly more effective.

While rodent and human studies are still needed to confirm effectiveness in actual MS patients, these are promising findings. The researchers are particularly excited because the brain already recognizes taurine, and we know that certain doses are safe. Further research may investigate how much increasing taurine levels beyond what the body naturally produces can boost the drug therapies.

If you or a loved one is receiving benzotropine or miconazole therapy for MS, you may want to talk to your doctor about adding extra taurine to your regimen. It could help you build more myelin, better protecting your nerves. I also recommend that you take Advanced Nerve Support as an adjunctive aid in preserving nerve tissue. Even if you don't have MS, your nerves can benefit from the five powerful nutrients in this formula. As MS patients can tell you, your nerves affect pretty much every aspect of your body's functioning, so it's vital that you keep them healthy. This formula benefits nerve signals, peripheral nerves, circulation, neurotransmitter synthesis, and mitochondria, which power all of your cells, including your nerves. It's not a substitution for MS treatment, but like taurine, it can supplement it.

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Brittney A Beyer, Mingliang Fang, Benjamin Sadrian, J Rafael Montenegro-Burke, Warren C Plaisted, Bernard P C Kok, Enrique Saez, Toru Kondo, Gary Siuzdak, Luke L Lairson. Metabolomics-based discovery of a metabolite that enhances oligodendrocyte maturation. Nature Chemical Biology, 2017; DOI: 10.1038/nchembio.2517

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