Multiple Sclerosis Diet: Foods to Avoid

Updated on 1 October 2019

Multiple Sclerosis Diet: Foods to Avoid

While managing multiple sclerosis, foods you must avoid are as important as the foods that you eat. Besides promoting overall health, eating healthy can also help lengthen the time between multiple sclerosis (MS) relapses and boost the patient’s physical and mental health. For patients with multiple sclerosis, it is important to consult a nutritionist on a multiple sclerosis diet and exercise that work best with the treatment. 

Foods that one must eliminate from the diet

Here, we have listed some of the food to avoid when dieting:

  • Saturated Fats

Known to raise LDL or bad cholesterol, saturated fats come primarily from animal products and by-products such as full-fat dairy and red meat. Foods containing palm oil and coconut oil are some other sources. High cholesterol can convert into a condition called atherosclerosis that increases one’s risk of developing heart attack and stroke. Hypertension and cardiovascular disease can make the condition worse. Therefore, it becomes important to avoid unhealthy fats.

  • Trans Fats

No matter how tempting commercially baked cookies, pies, crackers and other packaged products may look, these products rich in trans fats must be avoided. To identify such products rich in trans fats, look for keywords such as “shortening” or “partially hydrogenated oils”. Trans fats can raise inflammation inside blood vessels leading to cardiovascular problems. Seeking guidance from a neuro hospital in India shall help you know better about the consequences that make trans fats highly avoidable.

  • Gluten

According to a study published in BMC Neurology, those suffering from MS have a higher incidence of celiac disease as compared to the general population. Gluten is a type of protein found in barley, wheat, and rye. It must be avoided by people with celiac disease. Doing so helps avoid intestinal damage! Those who do not have celiac disease feel an improvement in their overall health on eliminating gluten from their diet.

  • Sodium

According to studies, sodium in high quantities can contribute to relapse or flare-up of symptoms. Besides, excess sodium can also elevate blood pressure and has been associated with decreased life expectancy in people with MS. It can also cause water retention, making you feel puffy. Unless you are otherwise healthy, it’s advisable to stick to sodium less than 2,300 mg on a daily basis.

Multiple sclerosis affects the nervous system and may lead to several health issues. If you are doubtful about your condition, consult a neurosurgeon in India who would help you identify the symptoms. Remember, healthful dietary choices can benefit people with multiple sclerosis and promote overall well-being.

CARE Hospitals is regarded as the best multiple sclerosis hospital in India, having a team of top multiple sclerosis specialists who provide the best treatment and care you needed.





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