Supplementation of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids in Multiple Sclerosis

Supplementation of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids
in Multiple Sclerosis

This section is compiled by Frank M. Painter, D.C.
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FROM:   Ital J Neurol Sci 1992 (Jun);   13 (5):   401407

Gallai V, Sarchielli P, Trequattrini A, Murasecco D

Istituto di Clinica delle Malattie Nervose e Mentali,
Universita di Perugia

For several years polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and in particular essential fatty acids (EFAs) have been proposed for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). There are contrasting data in literature regarding the effects of the n-6 and the n-3 PUFA series on different aspects of the disease, in particular on the frequency and severity of relapses and platelet function. This can be ascribed to the different criteria of patient selection in relation to the form and severity of disease at the beginning of the various studies. Till now authors have tended to consider the effect of PUFA supplementation only on some clinical aspects of the disease. Modification in the more sensitive indices (immunological or biochemical) of the disease activity should be taken into account and also the influence of dietary lipid intake by patients in relation to n-3 or n-6 EFA supplementation.


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