by Maylin Rodriguez-Paez RN
Multiple sclerosis affects over two million people worldwide.1
It’s a disease of the nervous system which results in symptoms such as loss of coordination, weakness, and paralysis. The exact cause is unknown.
Strong anti-inflammatory or immune-suppressing drugs are the standard treatments, but in advanced cases called progressive multiple sclerosis (MS), there are no effective treatments available.
A new study shows biotin may help cases of progressive multiple sclerosis. The research was discussed at the 2015 annual American Academy of Neurology meeting.
Biotin Improves Disability and Slows MS ProgressionBiotin is a vitamin popularly known for its role in nail and hair health. It’s important for neurological function as well.
For the study, 154 people with progressive multiple sclerosis were recruited and assigned to receive a placebo or 300 mg of a patented form of biotin called MD1003 for 48 weeks.2
Previous research conducted by the same group of scientists showed that almost 90% of patients with MS improved after taking large doses of biotin. Symptoms were evaluated using an Expanded Disability Status Scale.
According to the results of the study, the biotin slowed the progression of the disease and there were slight improvements in disability scores. The biotin was well-tolerated. Improvements were seen in visual function, gait, coordination, fatigue, and speech.3
Biotin Supports Healthy Nerve FunctionBiotin supports the formation of the myelin sheath, a fatty substance that insulates nerves. It also increases energy production for nerve cells. Multiple sclerosis is characterized by the loss of the myelin sheath.
Biotin deficiencies may result in muscle weakness, visual problems, and numbness and tingling of the extremities. For overall health, approximately 600 mcg are suggested daily.
Higher doses are tolerated well, since the vitamin is water soluble and does not accumulate in tissues of the human body.
- Available at: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/What-is-MS/MS-FAQ-s. Accessed May 28, 2015.
- Available at: http://www.abstracts2view.com/aan/view.php?nu=AAN15L1_PL2.002&terms=. Accessed May 28, 2015. 3. Mult Scler Relat Disord. 2015 Mar;4(2):159-69.