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Is Progurt effective in reducing the severity of multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Louis Rosner
Neurology
Progurt is a yogurt product from Australia, newly available in the United States, that makes the following big claim online:

Progurt has improved the quality of life of sufferers of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Progurt has been known to help long term sufferers of MS as well as those recently diagnosed. You may attain positive results within hours or days depending upon the severity of your condition. Progurt may eliminate or lessen the severity of the following symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis:

  • bowel and bladder dysfunction
  • cognitive function, including problems with memory, attention, and problem-solving
  • balance, dizziness, and vertigo
  • emotional problems and/or depression
  • fatigue (also called MS lassitude)
  • difficulty in walking and coordination problems
  • numbness or "pins and needles"
  • tremors
  • vision problems
  • hearing loss
  • headache
  • speech and swallowing disorders
  • seizures
  • itching
  • spasticity
They continue: "People crippled with multiple sclerosis have become more mobile; diabetics have experienced improvement in circulation and general well being. We stress that Progurt is a health food, not a medicine... But the fact is that it has certain effects on the metabolism which can directly affect many health outcomes."

It is true that yogurt can give people a sense of well-being. And for many people taking MS medications that may be harsh on the intestinal tract, eating yogurt, with all its natural bacteria, is often recommended. But to date, we have not found any studies that show yogurt changes the course of MS or alleviates symptoms. There is certainly a growing interest in probiotics, foods and dietary supplements that contain trillions of helpful bacteria normally found in the body. These bacteria may assist with digestion and help protect the body against harmful bacteria. They are found not only in Australia's Progurt, but also in newer American products such as some store-bought yogurts and "Kombucha" teas.

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