Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition wherein the immune system destroys the protective substance around the nerves of the brain and spinal cord, called myelin. Treatment involves the use of medications such as corticosteroids and other forms of therapy; however, maintaining a proper diet and an active lifestyle can help keep your immune system healthy and thus slow down the progression of the disease.
Diet plays a major role in the management of multiple sclerosis or MS. It maintains the health of the immune system; basically, it consists of high-fiber, low-fat diet. While some foods might aggravate symptoms of allergy in the patient, such foods must be eliminated and then slowly reintroduced to identify certain allergens. Fad diets should be avoided because they normally involve the cutting down of certain vitamins and minerals as well as essential foods.
The foods allowed in a diet fit for MS patients include lean meats such as chicken and turkey that are rich in protein. Nuts, fish and seeds provide a protein boost but also contain anti-inflammatory components. Healthy carbohydrates and essential fibers that are found in whole grain foods such as brown rice, whole wheat bread and oats help maintain digestive health as well as help maintain a healthy weight.
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Eggs, citrus, soy, wheat and dairy are the foods that possibly aggravate symptoms of allergies that may occur in MS patients so stay away from these foods. Patients with sensitivity to gluten should watch and beware of foods containing refined wheat, since the gluten is found inside the wheat grain.
Vitamin B3 is one of the most important supplements for MS patients as well as the different vitamins and minerals. They help to slow down the progression of MS and allow the patient a chance at a longer life of independence. Retarding the progression of MS is not contained to diet alone but with medication, exercise and continuous follow ups by a physician to be on top of any ground-breaking treatments that may be available as medical research breaks new frontiers in the management of Multiple Sclerosis.