bonzo wrote: Anyone else have any thoughts on this? I am 100% convinced that my lower T score is related to my 30mls of daily flax for the last year. This is a bit of a conundrum because I want to do everything I can to stabilize my condition, but testosterone is important for longevity (especially in men). And the message I'm getting now is "flax flax flax" no longer taking fish oil instead, which is a bit confusing.
Hi Bonzo - i was wondering, how you have managed this over the last year?
I ask as I find myself in a similar predicament. I'm a guy, have had MS almost a year and have pretty much adopted OMS completely, although it took time to get here. I also had my first round of Lemtrada (alemtuzumab) in March, which was about the point I noticed low libido. My Testosterone level was checked in about April this year and it came back just below normal range, or about the level you would expect from a 60 year old (i'm 29 by the way). My neurologist said not to worry and that it should stabilise after treatment (but couldnt say if it was as a result of the treatment).
Its now Sept and my libido is still low. I have recently started to question whether my diet is affecting this, and after some internet research, it appears that it could well be. I no longer eat meat or dairy and have replaced with seafood, soy products and of course, lots of flax.
I am now thinking that this could be the culprit, instead of, or in addition to the treatment: The increase in soy and flax have both helped to increase oestrogen levels (and therefore reduce T) and the lack of red meat may have led to a decrease in zinc (needed for T).
For this reason, I've decided to cut out soy for the next 6 weeks and replace with oat/rice/almond milk. I will also try and boost zinc through natural means.
But what about flax? Its so crucial to OMS!
What are peoples thoughts on this?