Nutrition and Multiple Sclerosis - Part 5
Nutrition and Multiple Sclerosis - Recommendations and Further Information
It is interesting to note that different people have come to the same conclusions about the best diet for those with multiple sclerosis whilst coming from a completely different direction. Since there is very little that can be done for the condition with conventional medicine it is worth considering all the options. There is plenty of evidence, generally, about how diet affects our health and some specifically in relation to multiple sclerosis. There are many other conditions where a special diet is recommended, which is often much the same as discussed here. Whilst it is very hard to change your diet to the degree suggested it is not too difficult once you have got used to it and there are plenty of cookery books for special diets available as well as many foods in the health shop.
There has been a great amount of research recently on nutrition and multiple sclerosis but there is a need for large scale research on complete diets like those listed above. In the meantime I feel that all doctors should advise their patients all their patients (whatever their health condition) to try to follow the generally recommended healthy eating guidelines such as low salt, sugar and saturated fat and high intake of fruit, vegetables and unsaturated fats. They should also give some advice on label reading to make this easier for the patients. They should also be asked to notice if what they eat affects the severity of the symptoms of the condition.
After analysing the information for dietary guidelines for use with multiple sclerosis I recommend cutting back on, dairy products (milk, cheese and butter), gluten (wheat, rye and barley), aspartame, meat, saturated fats, sugar and synthetic chemicals, increasing intake of fish (particularly oily fish), unsaturated fats, fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts and organic produce. In addition a good quality multi nutrient (containing the vitamins and minerals listed) should be taken along with some probiotics and some fatty acids (including omega-3 and omega-6), ginkgo biloba and DHEA.
Ideally every person with multiple sclerosis should be given the information contained in this essay. From there they can make their own decisions. I have also just read that it will soon be possible to get fatty acids on prescription for those with heart conditions. Maybe this, and possibly other supplements should also be considered for other conditions, such as multiple sclerosis.
Rice, quinoa or millet cereal with fruit and milk alternative
Gluten free bread or biscuits with nut butter
Chicken vegetable soup
Gluten free bread or biscuits with nut butter
Stir fry chicken with nuts and vegetables
Steamed fish with steamed vegetables
Chicken with salad
Fruit (fresh or dried)
Vegetables - maybe with dips
Nuts (excluding peanuts)
Seeds (such as sunflower or pumpkin)
Cut back on:
- dairy products - cheese, milk and butter, goat's and sheep's products are preferable to cow's milk products
- gluten - mainly wheat, barley and rye
- saturated fats
- synthetic chemicals
Increase intake of:
- fish - particularly oily fish
- unsaturated fats
- organic produce
- good quality multi nutrient (Solgar, Biocare, Higher Nature, Lamberts)
- this will contain most of the nutrients discussed in this essay.
- probiotics - containing a range of different probiotics including acidophilus and bifidus
- fatty acids - containing omega-3 and omega-6
- ginkgo biloba
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