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Avocados reduce MS risk

A new study from Yale University has found that avocados and other foods high in oleic acid may help reduce the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS).

Researchers found that not having enough oleic acid in your body tissues leads to a loss of the metabolic sensors which activate T cells. These cells are important for fighting infections but if the immune system loses the ability to suppress these cells and regulate them, it starts attacking the body. In MS, it attacks the myelin sheath surrounding the nerves.

The scientists discovered that increasing the levels of oleic acid into the body tissues of MS patients increased the levels of regulatory T cells.

Oleic acid is a monounsaturated fatty acid and found in cheese, eggs, oil, seeds, olives, nuts and milk, among other things.

Source: MS-UK 26 January 2021

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