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The discovery could lead to an entirely new way to treat multiple sclerosis

An antioxidant drug knocks down multiple sclerosis-like disease in mice, says a new study. Now researchers at Oregon Health & Science University have discovered that an antioxidant designed by scientists more than a dozen years ago to fight damage within human cells significantly helps symptoms in mice that have a multiple sclerosis-like disease.

The antioxidant β€” called MitoQ β€” has shown some promise in fighting neurodegenerative diseases. But this is the first time it has been shown to significantly reverse an MS-like disease in an animal.
Can this human-made antioxidant also work in humans with similar ailments? Unrelated to this new study, there's also a book, Multiple Sclerosis published that discusses the role of antioxidants and multiple sclerosis symptoms. You also can check out the site, "Do antioxidants decrease the severity of multiple sclerosis (MS)?

The discovery could lead to an entirely new way to treat multiple sclerosis, which affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide. 

β€œIt appears that MitoQ enters neuronal mitochondria quickly, scavenges free radicals, reduces oxidative insults produced by elevated inflammation, and maintains or even boosts neuronal energy in affected cells,” said Reddy, according to the December 26, 2013 news release, "Antioxidant drug knocks down multiple sclerosis-like disease in mice." The hope has been that MitoQ might help treat neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Studies evaluating its helpfulness in treating those diseases are ongoing.


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