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Diet control for MS

It is absolutely essential to follow a diet low in saturated fats i.e. trying to avoid animal fat such as butter, cheese, chocolate, sausages, hamburgers and bacon. It is also most beneficial to increase the intake of more friendly unsaturated fats such as sunflower, safflower oil, linseed or sesame. It is possible to buy these already mixed in products which are called "Essential Fatty Acids" and can be purchased in liquid form, where 2 teaspoonfuls a day minimum is required or in capsule form.

A basic requirement is a tablespoon of sunflower oil daily.

Recommended supplements include 3 x 500 mg capsules of Evening Primrose Oil as a minimum daily dose (6,000mg would be more beneficial). A good well balanced multi-vitamin and mineral such as Quest Super One A Day. This multi-vitamin includes 50 mg of the B vitamins, which are essential, and along with the Oil of Evening Primrose can help to regenerate the myelin sheath.

Your diet therefore needs to be high in brown rice (which needs to be taken daily) because it contains a high percentage of B vitamins. Lots of fresh fruit and vegetables to give the body the vitamin intake to recover. Lean chicken (with no skin), fish (deep sea) such as mackerel, tuna, salmon etc. seeds, such as sesame, sunflower or pumpkin which provide a natural source of Essential Fatty Acids. Bread should be avoided unless it is gluten free. This is available from Boots and it is possible to obtain gluten free bread, pasta and biscuits etc. on prescription from a sympathetic Doctor.

One of the most beneficial diets to be followed for sufferers from M.S. is a gluten free diet. It is essential to avoid caffeine as this directly attacks and irritates the raw nerve endings. Therefore decaffeinated coffee and tea is essential. It is imperative that you avoid any form of Coca-Cola. All fizzy drinks are best avoided.

Sprouted seeds, such as Alfalfa and organic wheat are easy and fun to grow in jam jars on your kitchen windowsill and provide a multitude of trace elements in a most accessible and economic form. Simply sprinkle a few seeds into the bottom of a clean jam jar. Rinse with water and drain off twice daily. Usually within a week, you have a jam jar bulging with fresh, sprouted seeds, usually about 1 - 1½ inches in height.

Simply rinse and eat raw in salads or sandwiches.