Check out this link for one doctor’s opinion from the Swank MS Foundation:
"Antioxidants stimulate the immune system. MS is an autoimmune disease, therefore, it is theoretically possible that increasing immune activity by using antioxidants can stimulate MS disease activity, though most studies show improvements in MS symptoms with the use of antioxidants. Inflammation in general exacerbates MS, thus, if antioxidants reduce free radicals and inflammation, this is a therapeutic treatment that is recommended to MS patients."
This from the Rocky Mountain MS CAM Center: http://www.ms-cam.org/
"Green tea contains polyphenols, which have antioxidant effects, and caffeine (10-50 mg caffeine/cup). In modest doses (up to 250 mg daily), caffeine is usually well tolerated and may improve mental alertness. The urinary irritant and diuretic actions of caffeine may worsen MS-associated bladder difficulties. Also, caffeine may be a risk factor for osteoporosis, a condition to which MS patients may be especially prone."
Books: Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Multiple Sclerosis, by Allen C. Bowling, M.D., PhD. This and many other books by Dr. Bowling such as "Alternative Medicine and Multiple Sclerosis" are available on Amazon.
Next chat 11 Feb 2011