Posted By: CustomVite Nutrition Team Date: June 3, 2019 Comments: 0
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, degenerative, neurological condition whereby the body attacks its own nerves. Although symptoms may vary for each individual (depending on which nerves are involved), some of the most common symptoms include muscle weakness, numbness, impaired balance, and fatigue. Although there is currently no cure for MS, diet and nutritional supplements may provide some promising complimentary relief for MS symptoms.
- Saturated Fat – Limit your intake of saturated fat (e.g. red meats) as it has been associated with inflammation and poor MS outcomes. One well-known study that followed MS patients for 34 years showed that those who stuck with a strict, low fat diet (less than 20g/day) showed significantly less disability and had lower mortality rates than those who did not follow the diet.
- Fruits & Vegetables – A low-fat, plant-based diet is currently being investigated as a potential strategy to manage fatigue in MS patients. A high intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens, may be associated with a reduced level of MS symptoms
- Sodium – It is recommended that MS patients limit sodium intake since a high sodium intake may be associated with increased disease activity
- Grains – There seems to be increasing interest in a grain-free (Paleo) diet in relation to MS, but most of these reports are based upon anecdotal evidence. Clinical research shows that there is still not enough concrete evidence supporting whether or not gluten plays a role in MS symptoms. However, a gluten free diet may need to be followed if you have been tested positive for gluten antibodies.
- EPA/DHA (fish oil) – According to research, depression is common amongst those who suffer with MS, affecting 50-60% of cases. Some studies report an improvement in depression when omega-3 fatty acid supplements are given, along with prescription medication, where appropriate.
- Vitamin B12 – A B12 deficiency may be associated with MS due to its key role in central nervous system function.
- Vitamin D – According to research, high concentrations of vitamin D in your blood may decrease the risk of MS symptom relapses and new lesions.
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