Diet for Multiple Sclerosis

In the fight to curb the threat of multiple sclerosis, scientists are trying to look at nutrition and diet to help what may be a means of managing the different conditions that MS sufferers may find themselves into. Although still considered as an incurable disease, multiple sclerosis sufferers may have a chance of living a more comfortable life by seeking ways to manage the debilitating symptoms brought about by the disease. One factor that may affect MS sufferers can be linked to their diet.

One factor that may be closely linked to the development of multiple sclerosis is the consumption of essential fatty acids, mainly that of the omega-3 kind. Omega-3 fatty acids are more commonly known as fish oils. Scientists have discovered that people living in areas such as Japan and the Norwegian Coast where fish consumption is high have a lower incidence of multiple sclerosis than those expected from areas belonging on the same latitude. This shows that diet may also pose as a factor in MS along with geographic location. Scientists believe that it is the Omega-3 fatty acids in fish that may provide some protective measure against multiple sclerosis.

A diet that includes consumption of fish oils, low intake of saturated fats and high intake of unsaturated fats may help in reducing the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. The Omega-3 fatty acids have been known to help reduce inflammation in certain allergic conditions. Elevating the consumption of Omega-3 fatty acids, scientists believe may have an effect on how some symptoms of MS may eventually develop.

Another nutrient that scientists have discovered to have an effect on MS is the family of carotenoids, mainly alpha- and beta-carotene. Studies have found that exposure to longer periods of light may help in the release of carotenoids in the eye. Aside from helping to curb down allergic inflammation, carotenoids seem to help in preventing MS associated eye damage.

Another possible factor in the development of MS may be linked to vitamin B12 deficiency. A study at the King’s College Hospital in London, England by Dr. E.H. Reynolds showed that MS patients seem to suffer also from vitamin B12 deficiency. Giving MS patients with doses of vitamin B12 seem to offer some neurological benefit although it was initially done for placebo purposes. The surprising result may show the association that the said vitamin may have on multiple sclerosis.

The effect of these nutrients on people with MS suggests that a change in diet may also have an impact on the symptoms that sufferers of the said disease may experience. Although more studies may be needed in order to know just to what extent diet may affect the development of MS, the preliminary studies may have already shown how diet may help reduce certain symptoms that MS may bring and ultimately help prevent the development of the disease.

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