"Blood circulating microparticle species in relapsing–remitting and secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. A case–control, cross sectional study with conventional MRI and advanced iron content imaging outcomes" This paper is published in the Journal of Neurological Sciences.
The researchers looked at serum markers of healthy individuals and compared them to people with MS. (Can I just inject a "Hallelujah" here? This was my dream eight years ago, and it is now a reality.) What they found were that in people with MS, there are circulating microparticles in the blood that aren't found in healthy people. These markers (CD31+/CD51+/CD61+/CD54+) are microparticles which are shed from the lining of the damaged endothelium. We see the same markers in cardiovascular disease. These markers are associated with coronary artery disease, hypercoagulation, thrombosis (clotting) and stroke.
Endothelial microparticles (EMP) are shed by dying and injured endothelial cells. They cause hypercoagulation, inflammation and contribute to vascular disease. They slow blood flow.
It's been eight years since I first put together research on MS as a disease connected to blood flow and the vascular system. What I saw in Jeff's blood results when he was diagnosed during his first severe flare---hypercoagulation, high c reactive protein, high inflammatory markers---looked to me like a vascular reaction caused by endothelial dysfunction. I sent the research I compiled to university researchers, and created a nutrition and lifestyle program for Jeff, to address this issue. My hope was that he could find stability in his disease process, by reducing the impact of vascular endothelial dysfunction. I saw that cardiovascular researchers, like Dr. John Cooke, were having great success with their heart patients, and that encouraged me! And sure enough, after three months on the Endothelial Health Program, Jeff's serum markers of endothelial dysfunction were lowered, and his MS stayed in remission.
Here is the conclusion from the researchers: These results indicate that circulating microparticles' profiles in MS may support mechanistic roles for microvascular stress and injury which is an underlying contributor not only to MS initiation and progression, but also to pro-inflammatory responses.
Talk to your own doctor, see if it might be something you can do. I am not a doctor, so it's always best to consult one before beginning a new regimen! Keep an eye on your blood levels of Crp, hypercoagulation, d-dimer, AST and ALT, and serum cholesterol--as well as vitamin D and B12 levels.