As a prevalent neurological disorder, Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects more than 400,000 American adults. A hefty number, I must say.
When MS occurs, the patient’s immune system attacks the myelin (a protective sheath) that clothes the nerve cell axons. Such an attack triggers communication handicaps between the body and the brain.
MS can permanently damage the nerves and even the spinal cord.
Currently, MS is not curable. But don’t be heartbroken yet. There are systematic therapies that concentrate on slowing the deterioration the disease provokes, accelerating the speed at which the patient recovers from such attacks.
You guessed right; diet plays a big part in such therapies. By eating – and avoiding – specific foods, you not only manage MS symptoms, but you can also reduce the frequency of flare-ups and slow the disease’s progression.
Foods to eat when you have MS
Let me start by telling you the foods you should be drooling about if you have MS.
Whole Grains are an excellent choice!
MS symptoms can be amplified by eating meals with significant quantities of processed carbohydrates and refined flour. This is because this type of carbohydrate raises insulin levels.
Therefore, it makes sense to replace such floor and carbohydrates in your meal with whole grains. These grains will improve the stability of your glucose level, enhance fiber, and reduce fatigue.
These grains are not far-fetched. Readily available whole grains that you can start integrating into your diet today include quinoa, brown rice, and oat.
Get foods with wealthy Vitamin D content.
People with MS terribly need Vitamin D. Reports from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, having higher Vitamin D levels reduces your susceptibility to developing multiple sclerosis.
This is valid considering the bone nourishing capabilities of Vitamin D. A healthy intake of Vitamin D reduces the possibility of MS further deteriorating into osteoporosis. The latter – which is typified by porous and fragile bone tissues – is common in MS patients with mobility issues.