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Diet Plans for Multiple Sclerosis

Overview

According to the Mayo Clinic, multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease where the “body’s immune system eats away at the protective sheath that covers your nerves. This interferes with the communication between your brain and the rest of your body.” Many patients choose to use diet plans to help alleviate some of their symptoms; however, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society warns against some of the multiple sclerosis diets promoted.

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A Doctor’s Recommendation

Dr. Heidi Crayton, director of the MS Center of Greater Washington, D.C., has some reservations about a specific multiple sclerosis diet. “No one is completely sure what works and what does not. There are guidelines for smart eating, but there is no fail-safe plan. I tell my patients with MS that it is really important to have a healthy diet. That includes 2L of water and 30g of fiber every day, a palate with bright, colorful foods, and foods that have high nutritional value. Decrease [your intake of] fats and refined sugar.”

Suggested Diet

According to Judi Hasson, author of the article “Is There a MS Diet?” there is no defined multiple sclerosis diet; however, multiple sclerosis patients should follow a healthy diet. A suggested multiple sclerosis diet includes cutting back on saturated fats, using oils derived from vegetables, seeds and fish, eating fish regularly, eating lean meats, as well as five servings of fruits and vegetables and three to four servings of whole grains. In addition, the suggested multiple sclerosis diet recommends that patients avoid excess caffeine and alcohol. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society echoes this suggested diet, recommending that multiple sclerosis patients eat a well-balanced and carefully planned diet. In addition, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society recommends diets that are low in fat and high in fiber.

Possible Dangers

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, patients should be wary of diets that are marketed for multiple sclerosis. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society states that many so-called “multiple sclerosis diets” contain “potential toxic amounts of certain vitamins or exclude important nutrients.” So, it is recommended that multiple sclerosis patients should eat healthy, well-rounded diets to help control their symptoms and not subscribe to a marketed “multiple sclerosis diet.”

Via : livestrong

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