It has been proven by research and trials carried out by Professor Swank and Professor Hugh Sinclair that MS can be managed effectively using diet. It was discovered that the consumption of saturated fat led to the quickening of the degeneration of the myelin sheath in people with MS. By avoiding saturated fat, and keeping it to a maximum of 15g a day, whilst increasing the consumption of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats – EFAs (essential Fatty acids). For a clear and logical explanation and more detail of the tests carried out and their results, please read Multiple Sclerosis – A Self-Help Guide to Its management by Judy Graham.
In simple terms the diet is as follows:
Eat at least 3 fish meals a week
Eat organic organ foods i.e. ½ lb liver a week (Waitrose sells organic liver in the UK)
Eat yourten a dayof fruit and vegetables (mostly veg though)
Eat a generous helping of dark green leafy vegetables every day
Eat linseeds or products made from linseed everyday (good source of alpha-linolenic acid)
Eat a salad made of mixed raw vegetables everyday with 2 tsps of polyunsaturated oil
Eat as much fresh food as possible rather than processed food
Try to eat only organic fruit and vegetables and get your ten a day
Eat whole foods rather than refined foods
If you are going to continue eating meat, choose lean meat. Trim all fat off the meat before cooking.
Use polyunsaturated margarine and oil (make sure that these have not been processed or hydrogenated)
For more info on diet, have a look at the pages on this blog under ‘Diet – the basics’.
Here are some very interesting links about foods aimed at mylein shealth repair: