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Regarding MS, there is a lot of anecdotal experience of improvement in symptoms using the power of nutrition. Therefore, is the nutritional therapy protocol to address these factors.


Eating is more than just a necessity. It can be a social activity, and it can make you feel good.

Regarding MS, there is a lot of anecdotal experience of improvement in symptoms using the power of nutrition. It is important to remember that we are all unique and the causative factors that lead us to our current health status are different for everyone. Therefore, is the nutritional protocol to address these factors.

Contributing factors to MS:

Some of the possible causative factors of MS are listed below:

Development of Dietary Models for MS:

What is interesting to note is that all of the dietary models developed so far, incorporate a reduction in pro-inflammatory factors and an increased intake of anti-inflammatory foods. More recent diets also address the importance of digestive health and nutrient absorption. First, we need to look at the detail of how nerve cells are affected.

The science:

When looking at nutrition for MS, it is important to look at what nutrients we need to support a healthy nerve cell and healthy mitochondria which are the energy powerhouses within the cells.

Numerous functions happen here but one of the most important is the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), or more simply, the energy molecule. In order to create this energy molecule, certain nutrients are required, especially B vitamins, magnesium and CoQ10. Antioxidants must also be present to stabilise this reaction and prevent free radical damage to the tissue.

Research by Dr Wahl notes that there are two pro-inflammatory proteins that create problems for the nervous system. These are gluten which can sometimes cause neurological dysfunction and glutamate, a neurotransmitter which in excess can cause overstimulation.

Balance:

As previously mentioned, certain foods promote an inflammatory response in the body whereas others have a protective and anti-inflammatory effect.

Firstly, let’s look at different fats:

The average western diet is around 20:1 in favour of omega-6 fats which are saturated fats such as those found in meat. These omega-6 fats have a pro-inflammatory effect on the body. Whereas it is the omega-3 fats that have an anti-inflammatory effect and are needed for a healthy myelin sheath.

It is therefore important to focus on the inclusion of omega 3 fats and reduction in omega 6 fats.

Note that organic and grass-fed meat sources, contain some omega-3 fats and become less inflammatory, therefore it is important to select good quality meats where these are consumed. Likewise wild and line caught fish again contains much higher levels of omega 3 than farmed fish!

Importance of digestive health:

We previously mentioned that the more recent diets are starting to look at how food proteins can pass through the digestive tract and promote an immune response. This is where food intolerances and allergies factor into the equation when looking at the optimal dietary plan for MS.

It is important to distinguish between a true allergy and intolerance but either way, it is important to identify problematic foods.

Guideline Optimal Dietary Plan:

Start with small changes and once they become good habits then other small but significant changes can follow. Be creative and think of easy ways to get these foods in such as juices!

Daily to include:

Weekly to include:

To exclude:

Other factors to consider:

Supplements: (It is recommended to consult a nutritional therapist before implementing a supplement protocol so this can be unique to your needs).

Our Nutritional Therapy Team are experienced with helping clients with MS, please call if you'd like to speak to a therapist.

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Please note that the information contained within this website does not and should not replace medical advice, and is not intended to treat or diagnose. We always recommend you consult with your doctor. Our Nutritional Therapy team is highly trained and we offer one to one Nutritional Therapy Consultations, which are designed to be complementary to any medical treatment from a functional medicine approach, as well as offering a preventative & optimal health focus.