Inosine is a compound that is converted in the body to uric acid. Uric acid has antioxidant effects. Promising results have been obtained with uric acid treatment of the animal model of MS (13). In a small study of 11 people with MS, inosine treatment increased blood levels of uric acid and was associated with clinical improvement in three people (14). Further studies of inosine are underway. Episodes of gout are caused by high blood levels of uric acid. As a result, raising blood levels of uric acid with inosine may provoke gout attacks. The safety of long-term inosine use is not known.

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