Stay away from Beets and Sugar Beet byproducts

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Stay away from Beets and Sugar Beet byproducts

Postby Galaxian » Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:56 pm

I noticed on serveral MS sites they recommend eating Beets. Based on some of the research I have seen I have to recommend to stay away from beets and beet root and beet sugar. I recently develop the early signs of MS and the only thing I could have caused it was the fact that I ate beets frequently since I was diagnosed with mild anemia. I ate them for the extra iron. Google Aze and Beets and Sclerosis.
Beets and Beets silage are implicated in marked myelin and neuronal degeneration. .
Aze is present in high concentration in the bulbs of sugar beets, which account for 30% of the world's sucrose supply. Sugar beet byproducts (dried pulp and molasses) contain Aze; Aze stands for Azetidine-2-carboxylic acid present in sugar beet products they are widely used as feed for dairy and meat livestock. Which could also explain why eating dairy is causing problems.
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Re: Stay away from Beets and Sugar Beet byproducts

Postby jerrygallow » Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:33 am

Thanks for posting this information. It is new to me. However I would suggest that iron itself can aggravate ms. I know iron supplements can be terrible for me. But low iron can also be caused by low copper. And low copper can create MS like symptoms. Because copper is necessary for the maintenance of the myelin sheath
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Re: Stay away from Beets and Sugar Beet byproducts

Postby cheerleader » Wed Feb 11, 2015 2:30 pm

Here's the research from Stanford that Galaxian is referring to:

In MS, myelin, the fatty substance that surrounds and protects nerve fibers, is destroyed. Myelin is made by cells in the brain called oligodendrocytes. This team proposes to investigate one way that oligodendrocytes may be rendered susceptible to MS early in life. They are focusing on the effects of a compound found in sugar beets called Azetidine-2-carboxylic acid (Aze). Sugar beets are used in meat and dairy products and their geographical use resembles that of MS incidence. Aze resembles an amino acid called proline. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, and if Aze is mistakenly incorporated into proteins instead of proline, the resulting protein may be unstable. Previous studies have shown that when Aze is incorporated into proteins made by oligodendrocytes, the cells do not function normally. The team will investigate the possibility that when fed to rodents early in life, Aze is a dietary contributor to susceptibility to MS pathology. If Aze is shown to be harmful to oligodendrocytes, the results will establish a new, highly relevant rodent model of MS and suggest new research to explore this possible clue to an MS trigger.

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Notice it's a compound found in sugar beets called Aze-- which might be mistakenly incorporated into the proteins we eat and disrupt myelin. Since livestock is fed this byproduct, it can get into our food supply that way.
Also, sugar beets are very different than the red beets recommended for pwMS. Google them--they are white, not red, and they contain lots more sugar and no phytonutrients or healthy nitrates which are found in the darkly colored vegetables. Sugar beets are grown for their sugar and used to make sucrose. The higher the sugar content, the higher the AZE content. And grass fed beef and feed fed chickens will not have this problem.

The message really is---stay away from refined sugars and sucrose- , stay away from feed lot meats and steer clear of dairy-- That's where the highest concentration of Aze and the misfolded proteins are found. Eating an organic red beet or two will have only trace amounts of Aze.

Always important to dig behind the headlines and read real research.

Sugar beet agriculture, especially in the Northern Hemisphere, has become widespread during the past 150 years, and now accounts for nearly 30% of the world's supply of sucrose. Sugar beet byproducts are also used as a dietary supplement for livestock. Therefore, this study was undertaken as an initial survey to identify Aze-containing links in the food chain. Herein, we report the presence of Aze 1 in three sugar beet byproducts that are fed to farm animals: sugar beet molasses, shredded sugar beet pulp, and pelleted sugar beet pulp.

Sorry for your MS diagnosis, Galaxian! MS is a multi-factorial disease...lots to look into, and I hope you find answers and healing.

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