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Multiple Sclerosis: How Your Diet Plays a Role

Friday, 10 Sep 2010 09:13 AM

Multiple sclerosis is a demyelinating disease of the brain and the spinal cord. The symptoms of multiple sclerosis include fatigue, constipation, and incontinence in addition to nervous system symptoms.

The dietary supplements included in a systematic multiple sclerosis diet actually help alleviate the weakness, constipation, and incontinence.

Regularizing food intake as per the multiple sclerosis diet book with adequate diet supplements also helps decrease the frequency and severity of the symptoms related to the disease.
Multiple sclerosis diet:
Dietary management in multiple sclerosis actually follows three modes of dietary supplementation to decrease attack severity. This includes:
  • Providing food in excess
  • Avoiding drugs that cause allergy
  • Avoiding foods that produce toxic effects
Foods provided in excess:
Certain foods that are rich in protein content and fiber are added to the diet for multiple sclerosis patients. These foods include pulses, whole wheat, oats, brown rice, and green leafy vegetables. The multiple sclerosis diet should also include foods rich in essential oils such as cod liver oil.
Allergic food substances:
Patients taking the multiple sclerosis diet should avoid certain food substances. The list includes milk and milk products, eggs, soy, soy products, wheat, citrus fruits, tomatoes, fish, peanuts, and chocolate. If following the multiple sclerosis diet, the consumption of all of these food products should be stopped initially and then reintroduced one by one. Any allergic reactions observed after the introduction of any of these food products should be noted. The allergy causing food should thereafter be avoided or stopped as part of the multiple sclerosis diet.
Foods producing toxins:
Some substances like caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and animal products containing high saturated fat should be avoided in a multiple sclerosis diet because they can produce toxins and exaggerate the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Smoking decreases the natural level of vitamin C in the blood. Alcohol interferes in the essential fatty acid conversion, consumes vital nutrients present in the body, and increases the levels of saturated fatty acids in the body.
In general, a multiple sclerosis diet should include a higher amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin B, vitamin E, and minerals such as zinc and selenium. Vitamin E prevents PUFA peroxidation and thus acts as an antioxidant. Vitamin B6 helps in the conversion of the linoleic acid into a longer, stable chain.

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