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Nutrition and Multiple Sclerosis - Part 5

Updated on January 10, 2008

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

Fruit smoothie



Fruit salad

Gluten free bread or biscuits with nut butter


Tuna salad

Chicken vegetable soup

Gluten free bread or biscuits with nut butter

Fruit juice

Fresh fruit


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)

Rice cakes



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

- aspartame

- meat

- saturated fats

- sugar

- salt

- synthetic chemicals

Increase intake of:

- fish - particularly oily fish

- unsaturated fats

- fruits

- vegetables

- seeds

- nuts

- organic produce

Recommended supplements:

- 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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      8 years ago


      Thanks for putting it together. It's really helpful.

      A week-long search for cause and solution for my wife who is showing symptoms of ADEM (often precursor to MS) after a Cervarix vaccination (first shot only... thank God) brought me here. I also reached similar conclusion about letting the nerves repair their lost Myelin, restore BBB and calm down the immune-system by proper diet and optimal suppliments.

      It is amazing how most doctors fails/refuses to make the correct diagnosis in time even when prompted.

      In our case we diagnosed it within 4 weeks of vaccination and started the suppliments. She has not undergone intravenous-immunoglobulin or any other clinical therapy. She still gets severe headache if she tries to work at her desk/laptop for more than 90 minutes. Also the joint pains in her ankle is still there. She can stay active much longer without getting exhausted (though not as much as before vaccination). My hope is that she will recover gradually but fully.

      May I also request you to investigate the use of "Carnitine Ornitate" (available as a powder) to treat the initial attack of ADEM?



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      Tony Casey 

      8 years ago from Manchester U.K.

      Hi Caroline

      My Brother-in-Law has Multiple Sclerosis this is a campaign to have The CCSVI procedure carried out in England.

      So please can you send this out to as many people as possible, you have to live in the UK to sign the petition but the video should be seen by all MS suffers.

      There’s a UK Government petition to have the procedure carried out in England and the a video that explains the procedure

      Please don’t think this is in any way a money spinning Lens or links; any money generated by squidoos text and banana links goes to charity.

      Just trying to get the message out there.

      I hope this is some help to you.

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      Ajlouny Injury Law 

      10 years ago

      This is a very informative essay. Especially the foods and suppliments to use and what to stay away from.


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