Living with multiple sclerosis (MS) means that there are a lot of changes in lifestyle to consider and practice for symptom management. Food choices can directly impact MS symptoms. There isn’t a diet specific to MS, but certain foods are best selected due to their anti-inflammatory properties. Some of the top choices include:
Fruits and vegetables
Produce is an important part of any healthy diet, including one tailored to treat MS symptoms. It has been found that biomarkers of inflammation had a significant connection to meat-based diets, but not plant-based diets, in a review of over 46 studies of dietary patterns.
These nuts are packed with nutrients, antioxidants, healthy fats, fiber, and magnesium which all play important parts in inflammation regulation. According to a 2012 study, walnuts have the ability to inhibit prostaglandin E metabolite and 11 dehydro thromboxane B2, which play parts in the inflammatory response.
Get rid of your butter and margarine and start using plant-based oils such as soybean or olive oil. They provide your body with healthy, unsaturated fats and help reduce inflammation and lower cholesterol. Be careful not to use plant-based oils such as sunflower or corn oil because they contain unhealthy omega-6 fatty acids.
Heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids can be found in fatty fish such as mackerel, tuna, trout and salmon. Omega-3’s play a part in blocking inflammatory responses in the body.
This is a great alternative to fish, as it’s one of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Lignans (a type of phytochemical) work as powerful combaters of inflammation. They slow down certain genes that cause inflammation. It’s important to remember to grind flaxseed before consuming in order to receive health benefits. Otherwise, they might just pass through without being digested.
They’re excellent for an MS diet! So, keep making that guacamole. Avocados have antioxidants and healthy, unsaturated fat. They have been shown to possibly offset certain food choices that are not as healthy due to their strong anti-inflammatory properties.
Delicious, aromatic fresh ginger extract has powerful anti-neuroinflammatory properties from 10-gingerol (one of its chemical compounds).
This spice is one of the world’s healthiest foods. Turmeric is used in a variety of dishes to give them color and pungency. The bright yellow color of turmeric comes from a polyphenol called curcumin, a fighter of inflammation.