Superfoods to help make Myelin and Reduce Inflammation

Dr. Terry Wahls (posted by Elna Botes van Schalkwyk)

To achieve optimal health it is critical to maximise the use of micronutrients and supefoods in our diet. Some of these superfoods are thought to help regenerating myelin and reducing pain. Here I list some of the super foods mentioned in Dr Terry Wahls book “Minding My Mytochondria: How I overcame secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) and got out of my wheelchair."

Part 1/12: THIAMINE B1 ~
Found in sunflower seeds, tuna, black beans, mushrooms, nutritional yeast, cooked or raw greens. It also helps with focus, mood, impulse control and learning.

 Part 2/12: METHYL COBALAMIN B12 ~ Found in fish, liver, seafood, beef, eggs, yolks, blue-green algae, nutritional yeast. It also helps with focus, mood, impulse control and learning.

Part 3/12: FOLATE ~ Found in green leaves, organ meat, asparagus. Helps in generation of neurotransmitters, removal of toxins from the body.

Part 4/12: IODINE ~ Found in Kelp, dulse or other dried seaweed (¼ - 1 teaspoon a day), shellfish and sea food. Helps in the excretion of toxins.
Warning with iodine: may affect the amount of thyroid medication needed, can also mask an overactive thyroid so monitor is needed of thyroid hormone blood levels.

Part 5/12: FISH OIL ~ Found in salmon or mackerel, try eating 2+ times a week or DHA-enriched eggs. Can help with focus, mood, impulse control and learning.

Part 6/12: FLAX- OR HEMP OIL ~ You can't cook with flax oil, but you can mix it with rice vinegar and soy sauce and use as a salad dressing on greens. Can help with focus, mood, impulse control and learning.

Part 7/12: MAGNESIUM ~ Found in pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, cabbage family vegetables. Helps with mood, impulsivity and chronic pain although it is not linked to making myelin.

Part 8/12: TAURINE ~ This is not linked to generating myelin. Found in fish and shellfish. Key ingredient for neurotransmitters. Helps with pain, anxiety and other mood disorders.

Part 9/12: SULFUR-CONTAINING VEGETABLES ~ Found in cabbage (kale, collards, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower), onion (garlic, leeks, onions, shallots). Helps with the generation of neurotransmitters although its not linked to generating myelin.

Part 10/12: N ACETYLCYSTEINE ~ This is also not linked to generating myelin. Found in leafy greens, spinach, beet, greens, cabbage, kale, collards, broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, onions, leeks, garlic, shallots. Key ingredient for neuro-transmitters. Helps with impulse control, irritability and other mood problems. Also helps with cronic pain.

Part 11/12: ALPHA LIPOIC ACID ~ Found in spinach, broccoli, beef, yeast (particularly brewer's yeast) and certain organ meats, such as kidney and heart. May help reduce pain, burning, itching, tingling and numbness in people who have nerve damage caused by diabetes. Has been used with L-carnitine and found (in animal studies) to be helpful in improving mitochondria health to prolong life. This is not associated to making of myelin.

Part 12/12: PROBIOTICS ~ The following have not been linked to generating myelin but have other important properties. Found in fermented foods. Helpful in displacing harmful bacteria that produce toxins, which can be harmful to the body. Also helpful in digesting food into specific micronutrients and vitamin.