A balanced diet - simple is best!

What you eat can affect how you feel and may help you manage your symptoms.

Before you read on for helpful nutrition tips, keep in mind that there are several nutrition theories or diets that claim to treat MS. These include diets low in gluten (a type of protein found in wheat, rye and barley), high in polyunsaturated fats or high in certain vitamins such as vitamins B and C. Other diets assume that every person with MS is allergic to certain types of food. So far, no diet, vitamin, or dietary supplement has been proven to "cure" MS or completely control symptoms. This is because there is no evidence that a nutrition-related factor is involved in the cause of MS.

So what should you do? Stick to the basics of nutritious eating! Here are some nutritious suggestions for people with MS:

  • Add plenty of grains, fruits, and vegetables to your diet. Foods from these groups are rich in vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, and other substances important for your health.
  • Whole grains - such as whole wheat, brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, oats and corn- add fiber to the carbohydrates in your diet.
  • For fruits and vegetables, enjoy five to ten each day. And remember - one serving is smaller than you might think: One cup of raw vegetables (choose dark green leafy vegetables, and orange fruits and vegetables), a half-cup of other vegetables or fruit, or six ounces of fruit juice all count as one serving.
  • Choose low-fat meats and dairy products. This includes lean meats, fish and poultry, low-fat or non-fat dairy products, dried beans, tofu, and other plant sources of protein.

Keep in mind that some diets that claim to cure or control MS symptoms may actually deplete your body of necessary vitamins and nutrients. Before considering any special diets, talk to your doctor or a registered dietitian.

Some people with MS have other health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. These people may require special diets or medications. If you have other health concerns, talk to your health care professional or a registered dietitian about your nutritional needs.

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