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Simple Sugar Increases Myelin Repair in Mouse Study

October 9, 2020

A simple sugar found in breast milk, called N-acetylglucosamine, was found to increase the growth and repair of nerve-insulating myelin in lab mice, reported University of California, Irvine researchers. Myelin is damaged in multiple sclerosis, and other experiments showed that low levels of naturally occurring N-acetylglucosamine in the brain were associated with increases in myelin damage in people with MS.

These early findings present a potential therapeutic strategy for boosting myelin repair, but the safety and effectiveness would need to be confirmed in clinical trials in people with MS.

Read more from the University of California at Irvine
View the paper in the Journal of Biologic Chemistry
Read more about research to repair nervous system damage in MS

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