Multiple Sclerosis Nutrition - Proper Nutrition For Multiple Sclerosis
Posted Mar 15 2009 3:18pm
Changing your diet and improving your nutritional intake are two of the most important ways to help yourself. Researchers have known for some time that fats play a major role in MS nutrition and so doing something about your fat intake is one of the most significant steps you can take. Changing from a highly saturated fat to a highly polyunsaturated fat diet is undoubtedly the most important component of the self-help programme in MS.
This is not only because saturated fats (such as animal fats) are known to let toxins in the blood seep through into the brain but also because levels of the good essential fatty acids (EFA’s) are abnormal in people with MS, and EFA’s are only found in polyunsaturated fats (PUFA’s). PUFA’s play a significant role in MS nutrition and in the restoration of nerves and nerve tissue as well as blood health and brain activity.
Essential fatty acids come in two types. One type known as omega 3 fatty acids is found in the sunflower and safflower seeds and can be taken as a food supplement with the better known one being evening primrose oil. The other type is omega 6 fatty acids and you can get them from oily fish such as herrings, mackerel and tuna as well as in dark green leafy vegetables. It too can be taken as a supplement most commonly as fish or marine oils and are really important in MS nutrition.
A range of other nutrients — vitamins, minerals and amino acids known to be important in helping the body handle MS can also be taken as food supplements as part of a healthy diet. Food supplements are nutrients which are concentrated and put into capsules or tablets and are taken as a supplement to a normal diet.
As far as possible you should try to purchase organic fruit and vegetables and eat as much raw as is possible. Try to eat sprouting seeds which are the most basic raw food. Soak the seeds in water, rinse daily and eat when they begin to sprout. Give your body sustainable energy by eating slow releasing carbohydrates such as whole grains, pulses, vegetables and fruit rather than sugar. Try to stay off tea, coffee and alcoholic drinks and drink loads of clean filtered water. Wash all fruit and vegetables thoroughly before eating to try to take as much contamination from the skin. Stay away from high sugar and saturated fatty foods. The most important foods to avoid in MS are fatty meat and all animal fats, dairy products including all milk, butter, margarine, cheese and cream. Avoid foods that are high in sugar such as cakes, biscuits and sweets.
You may be feeling a bit depressed after reading that last paragraph but I can assure you that there is still plenty left to eat and enjoy. You are in complete control of your diet and given that diet plays such a big in the treatment of MS, it makes definite sense that you should give MS nutrition your full attention. I changed my diet radically a few years ago and have now managed to reverse most of my MS symptoms.
For more information and to examine the link between what we eat and multiple sclerosis and if you would like to know what foods are attacking your body, what supplements you must take and how to create the energy that you need, then please visit my site for further information. Diet for Multiple Sclerosis
As your natural inner balance is restored, you will begin to experience renewed energy, absence of pain and aches, and more and more of your symptoms associated to Multiple Sclerosis will disappear… These your first steps to freedom from Multiple Sclerosis medication!
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I am not a doctor nor am I qualified in medicine in any way. These are things that have worked for me in controlling my MS. Before undertaking any diet or fitness regime you should always consult you physician first.