Compared to healthy individuals, women with multiple sclerosis (MS) may have lower levels of key antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients such as folate and vitamin E. The results of this research will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 67th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, April 18– 25, 2015.

In this study, 27 Caucasian women with MS and 30 healthy Caucasian women ages 18–60 with BMI ≤30kg/m2 reported on their diet and nutrition over the previous year prior to initiating vitamin D supplementation. The study participants with MS reported a lower percentage of their calories from fat vs. the healthy controls and generally had lower levels of the following nutrients with antioxidant or anti-inflammatory properties:

  • Food folate
  • Vitamin E
  • Magnesium
  • Lutein-zeaxanthin
  • Quercetin

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It is unclear if the nutritional differences in this study are a cause of MS, a result of the disease, or linked to other factors.

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