Foods to Avoid for Multiple Sclerosis

There is no single miracle diet that promises to completely treat or cure multiple sclerosis (MS), according to National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS). However, consuming healthy, nutritious food is a vital part of managing symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS).

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MS occurs when the immune system attacks the central nervous system, interrupting nerve signals. Symptoms may include movement problems, fatigue, bladder and bowel dysfunction, numbness, and vision problems.

Since symptoms of MS are recurrent, measuring the effectiveness of a diet is difficult. However, MS specialists suggest that a low-fat, high-fiber diet, similar to the one recommended by the American Cancer Society (1) and the American Heart Association (2), can help people with MS.

Reduce intake of saturated fats

Limiting intake of saturated fat to less than 15 grams a daily can benefit your overall health. However, not all fats should be eliminated. Unsaturated fatty acids are essential for brain and cellular health because they are rich in omega-3s and vitamin D which may have a protective effect on MS. Vitamin D and omega-3 rich foods are mackerel, salmon, and tuna.

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Eliminate diet drinks

Avoid drinks that contain aspartame, caffeine, and alcohol because it can irritate the bladder. According to nutritional guidelines from NMSS, it’s best to avoid these drinks if you have bladder-related MS symptoms.

Eat Fruits and avoid sugar

Consuming refined and processed sugar instead of fruits is highly inflammatory and should be avoided. Sweet foods makes it difficult for you to manage your weight, which will in turn affect your MS. Sugar- and calorie-laden foods can pack on pounds, and extra weight can increase MS-related fatigue.

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People with MS who are overweight have problems with mobility and raise cardiovascular disease risk. Fruits with high fiber content helps ease constipation, another MS symptom.


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