Fatty Diet and Multiple Sclerosis

Fatty Diet and Multiple Sclerosis

This section is compiled by Frank M. Painter, D.C.
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FROM:   Rev Neurol 1997 (Dec);   25 (148):   20322035

de Andres C, Lledo A

Servicio de Neurologia,
Hospital General Gregorio Maranon,
Madrid, Espana

INTRODUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT:  Multiple sclerosis (ME) is an inflammatory disease of the myelin of the central nervous system, the origin of which is still unknown. Genetic, infectious, immunological and environmental factors have all been blamed, but none of these factors on their own can explain the whole spectrum of this disease. Of the environmental factors, fat in the diet has given rise to most discussion. At the present time, it is known that polyunsaturated essential fatty acids form a part of biological membranes. A relationship has been found between the dietary fat consumed and the plasma levels and cell membrane content.

CONCLUSIONS:  The possible immuno-modulation function of these fatty acids justify rigorous evaluation of this hypothesis.


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