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This page presents articles on certain ideas that may be beneficial to people with MS. These articles will describe what the idea is, what the possible benefit is to people with MS, if there is any hard science behind it and how to incorporate it into your life.

* Please remember this is not medical advice. This is simply research for you to further review and then discuss possibilities to incorporate it with your own doctor.

Reviewing: Nerve Growth Factor

WHAT IS IT?

Nerve growth factor (NGF) is one of a group of small protein like molecules called neurotrophins (BDNF is another) that are responsible for the development of new neurons, and for the health and maintenance of mature ones. -READ MORE HERE-

Nerve Growth Factor is a fairly old discovery, tracing back 50 years ago. It is a protein which has some significant effect on the nervous system of an individual. It is considered to be an important component for the survival of specific nerve cells, allowing them to function perfectly and ultimately contributing to full body health. – READ MORE HERE –

WHAT IS THE BENEFIT?

Nerve growth factor (NGF) is a signaling protein and growth factor implicated in a wide range of development and maintenance functions. NGF was discovered through a series of experiments in the 1950s on the development of the chick nervous system. Since its discovery, NGF has been found to act in a variety of tissues throughout development and adulthood. It has been implicated in immune function, stress response, nerve maintenance, and in neurodegenerative diseases. It is named for its effect on the critical role it plays in the growth and organization of the nervous system during embryonic development. – READ  MORE HERE –

SCIENCE BEHIND IT

Can the human brain keep expanding and reshaping itself throughout adulthood?

You bet it can.

And some of today’s most exciting neuroscience research is uncovering surprising new ways to promote brain growth that can enhance our minds, moods, and cognitive abilities as long as we live.

A series of groundbreaking studies by Peter Eriksson, Fred Gage, and Elizabeth Gould showed concrete evidence of neurogenesis in the hippocampal region of the adult human brain, that the concept of adult brain growth was at last accepted as a scientific reality. – READ MORE HERE-

The Role of Neurotrophins in Multiple Sclerosis
Pathological and Clinical Implications
There are several lines of evidence, both from clinical research and animal models, suggesting that neurotrophins play a pivotal role in neuroprotective and neuroregenerative processes that are often defective in the course of MS. It seems that neuroprotective strategies might be used as potentially valuable add-on therapies, alongside traditional immunomodulatory treatment in multiple sclerosis. -READ MORE HERE-

WAYS TO INCREASE IT IN YOUR LIFE

Supplements: Lion’s Mane mushroom, Noopept, and Alpha GPC can all boost the process of neurogenesis. Taken in combination they’re an excellent means of helping the brain create new neurons. – READ MORE HERE –

Carnitine + carnitine arginate’s studied synergistic effect on neural outgrowth is impressive on its own. When combined with natural NGF stimulators such as Lion’s Mane and Ashitaba, the neurotrophic effects are beyond significant. – READ MORE HERE –

Other Ways: BDNF concentration of persons with RRMS was lower compared to HCs and increased after 24 weeks of exercise in persons with MS, compared to the non-exercise MS control group. – READ MORE HERE –

Any exercise can increase BDNF levels in the brain, but some types are more effective than others. While more extensive research is needed, researchers have begun to develop some general recommendations for brain-healthy exercise based on the preliminary studies. Here are a few ways to boost BDNF that everyone can incorporate into their workout routine: – READ MORE HERE –