The following recommendations for nutritional changes are based on the robust and diverse scientific data which link various nutritional factors to MS onset and progression. It is important to completely avoid some foods, significantly reduce the consumption of others and to greatly increase the intake of others.
- Foods that contain proteins which have the potential to cause autoimmune reactions and/or increase intestinal permeability. These are:
- All dairy products (e.g. milk, cheese, yoghurt)
- Foods containing gluten grains (e.g. wheat, rye or barley)
- Legumes (e.g. beans, soy, peanuts. peas)
- Any food that causes an allergic reaction as determined by a body reaction or a blood test. These foods can cause increased intestinal permeability (a leaky gut) and increased immune reactions.
- Candy, soft drinks and foods with a high sugar content. These foods alter the gut flora which in turn can cause a leaky gut and problematic immune reactions.
- Foods that contain saturated fat. Eat red meat (lean cuts) only once a week.
- The intake of omega 6 polyunsaturated fat which are found in margarine, salad oils and many baked goods. Use olive oil (monounsaturated fat) for fat supply
- Non-gluten grains such as corn and oats. Use mainly rice for grain products and eat these in moderation.
- Alcohol consumption. At best, drink wine in moderation and completely avoid beer.
- Eat skinless chicken breast, game meat and fish for protein content. Fish such as salmon and mackerel also contain omega 3 polyunsaturated fat, which is very beneficial.
- Eat lots of vegetables and fruits for carbohydrates and fiber.
- Take a variety of supplements to bolster immune regulation, to increase anti-oxidant capacity and to avoid deficiencies. The recommended supplements on the Supplements page.