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Diet For Multiple Sclerosis

There is a great deal of scientific evidence suggesting that diet has a role to play in controlling MS.  Studies of areas of the world where MS is most found were closely correlated to the consumption of saturated fats.  These fats are found in full fat dairy products, meats and confectionery. In general doctors believe that people with MS benefit from eating a well-balanced and healthy diet, choosing low fat foods including plenty of fruit and vegetables.

Tests have shown that the levels of essential fatty acids in the blood have tended to be low in some people with MS.  The Central Nervous System, in particular the brain, is composed of approximately 60% fat.  A large proportion of this is formed from the essential fatty acids.  One of the essential fatty acids involved is linoleic acid found in polyunsaturated oils such as sunflower oil, corn oil, and safflower oil.  Other sources include fish, offal, lean meats and vegetables.

When scientific dietary trials were carried out, it was found that by following a diet rich in the essential fatty acids, the number of relapses and severity of damage were reduced.  The trials also indicated the progression of the disease was slowed down for people following the recommended diet.

Swindon Therapy Centre’s recommended diet combines the 2 approaches of increasing the consumption of all the essential fatty acids while decreasing the intake of saturated fat.  Following the diet also tends to increase the consumption of vitamins, minerals, trace elements and fibre needed for general health, as well as those components that maintain the nervous system.  This is achieved by eating food, which is high in nutrients, and avoiding foods that are highly processed.

Research studies showed that a diet rich in essential fatty acids can reduce the frequency and duration of relapses.  In one study a group of people who followed the diet closely, reported no significant deterioration over a three-year period.