Friday, 27 July 2007

Nutrition and ms

Q. Is there a diet that may benefit MS?
From Nutrition by Shereen Jegtvig

I have been told that I may have MS. My over all health is not good and has not been for years. Is there a diet that may benefit my health? By the way, my friends say I am not a good advertisement for healthy eating.Holly
A. There is no specific diet yet for multiple sclerosis, however there may be some connections between MS and diet. It appears that MS may occur more often in people who drink lots of milk and eat lots of saturated fat from meat. The preservation methods of sausages may also be connected to a higher risk of MS.
Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFAs) have been shown to help alleviate symptoms. There may also be a correlation with MS and low B12 levels and low vitamin D levels.
An anti-inflammatory diet may help you improve your health. This means a diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, lean cuts of meat, fish, nuts, legumes, seeds and whole grains. You can also use my Nutrition and Calorie Guide for Men and Women to help you determine how many calories you need and learn more about food groups.
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What are the MS Symptoms?Learn the Early Symptoms of MS, Learn Causes & Latest Treatments.MS-Symptoms-Revealed.comYou might want to ask your doctors about vitamin B12 supplements, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D supplements.
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