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Hi guys…

Can anyone recommend any vitamins or supplements that they take (whether its to keep uti’s at bay or just to get more energy in general) My mum said a friend of hers swears by evening primrose oil. I have no idea what this is used for or its benefits, if any!? Thanks

Ash xo

Yes, I take a little concoction.

Evening Primrose is good for ms. I also take 5000iu of vitamin D every day. Multivits too.

I think ms responds well to good diet, so I’m gluten free, lots of vegetables, lots of fish, not much read meat. Low fat, low sugar is my way.

Mark

One of the best things for keeping UTIs in check is Cranberry, whether juice or tablets

I’m going to order some stuff from Holland&Barrett now. Evening Primrose oil and some multivitamins to start with. How much EP Oil do you take daily Mark, 500/1000mg?

Thanks

Ash x

I used to drink alot of cranberry juice when I was younger as I have been suffering from UTI’s for years, I’ve just been dx a month ago so I am going to try drink it more often now and plenty of good old H2o :slight_smile:

Ash x

Ash, I reckon it’s worth giving cranberry tablets a go instead of juice. They have a higher concentration than drinking juice, will be much cheaper than juice, and also mean avoiding the high sugar/sweetener content of juice as well. There’ll be plenty of places online that you can get it from.

Dan

I take Vit D3 and evening primrose oil, as advised by MS Nurse.

probiotics really help utis

I’m not too sure about evening primrose oil - I need to read up on that but I take 5000iu vitamin D3 (recommended by neuro - who also suggested my children start to take daily 1000iu once they’re 8 yrs old). Also vitamin B12 & omega 3 fish oil. Cranberry juice is great for UTI’s as is lots of water. I find sticking a vodka in it on a night out also does wonders!! Jane

For uti’s - or the prevention of, the best is D-Mannose - it is the magic ingredient in cranberry juice but concentrated and in capsule form. Keeps the bladder healthy and reduces sediment.

Vitamin d3 and vitb12 are both essential to people with MS. The higher the potency the better.

B12 will give you more energy. l have started taking lnstant Energy B12 - by NOW - get mine via amazon. lt is all the B vitamins plus iron. l get all my vits via amazon as they are usually the best price and quick delivery.

Magnesium is another must - and omega 3/codliver oil.

lf you google any of these you will get lots of info. ie Vitamin D3 deficiency MS - try this with all of them.

The usual multi-vits might contain most of the vits but in very small amounts. And with MS - for some reason we are very deficient of the most important. l take 10.000ius of vitd3 daily and 2000mcg of B12. 750 magnesium.

We need to do all we can to keep ourselves as ‘healthy’ as possible so that we are in a stronger position to battle this disease. And l have had it 31yrs. l eat a high fat/protein diet - lots of meat/fish/eggs -lots of dark green veg/salad - and l rarely eat carbs/cereals - so no bread/cake/biscuits . l do eat nuts and seeds. Almonds/pinenuts/sunflower seeds/flax seeds/brazil nuts/ -

My advice is to be your own expert. lts my experience that the GP’s/consultants are years behind - only now is the medical profession realising how immportant Vit d3 is - to everyone. And now you will see that some yogurts/cereals are being fortified with vitd3. Yet, on this forum we have been discussing vitd3/b12 for about 6yrs.

l have learnt so much from people on this forum.

l meant to add that probiotics and natural greek yoghurt are also a must.

What probiotics do people use xx thanks

l have been buying probiotics from Holland and Barrett. They were doing a deal where you get the second pot for a penny.

And l like the greek yoghurt [natural probiotic] from Lidl - Eridanous comes in a litre ‘bucket’. Lovely over banana/manuka honey and toasted flaxseeds.

Hi Ash

I take 500mg every day. There are higher strengths but it is one of a few things I take.

I order everything from BigVits. Have a look and I’m sure you’ll pay more for less at Holland and Barrett.

Mark x

Carlsberg Special Brew, or Stella if you’re feeling unadventurous.

Both significantly sharpen your wit and verbal felicity when it comes to conversing with the “wow, you are just soooo brave” dullards.

(I am, of course, being ironic…you can never be too sure there aren’t any Americans or evangelicals out there.)

Hi Ash,

I’m with spacejacket. Vit b12 (1000mcg), vit d3 (5000iu), magnessium citrate (500 mg), Omega3 (1g) and a probiotic Acidophilus with Pectin (Holland & Barrett). This seems to work pretty well for me. I up my B12 to 1,500 mcg when I am in relapse.

Adrian x

I like the vitabiotics stuff, gutted I can’t seem to find their B comlex anywhere locally but did buy their Feroglobin liquid (which tastes very orangey so not too bad to take). I’m taking 1000 units of D3 too and I’m sure they do cranberry tabs too so I might get some of those.

I did my first online shop last week, and that was actually prompted mainly be my husband getting frustrated after a full on sales pitch in Boots for their own brands and struggling to find the level of D3 that I said I needed - went online and tesco were doing 3 for 2 on most vitamins so I now have about a years supply of D3 :smiley:

Sonia x

I take Ginseng and Kelp for energy, they seem to reduce brain fog for me. The Barts research blog had a post on Ginseng, http://multiple-sclerosis-research.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/ginseng-improves-fatigue.html. I haven’t seen anything about Kelp but it is a source of iodide and seems to help me. I take 5000 iu D3 and 3 portions of dairy product (mostly skimmed milk) for bone health and in the hope that D3 benefits Msers. Also B12 intermittently.

I take Ginseng and Kelp for energy, they seem to reduce brain fog for me. The Barts research blog had a post on Ginseng, http://multiple-sclerosis-research.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/ginseng-improves-fatigue.html. I haven’t seen anything about Kelp but it is a source of iodide and seems to help me. I take 5000 iu D3 and 3 portions of dairy product (mostly skimmed milk) for bone health and in the hope that D3 benefits Msers. Also B12 intermittently.

I take Ginseng and Kelp for energy, they seem to reduce brain fog for me. The Barts research blog had a post on Ginseng, 2013/01/ginseng-improves-fatigue.html. I haven’t seen anything about Kelp but it is a source of iodide and seems to help me. I take 5000 iu D3 and 3 portions of dairy product (mostly skimmed milk) for bone health and in the hope that D3 benefits Msers. Also B12 intermittently.