Below I have created two table’s outlining what to include and what to avoid on five of the most popular diets for the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis.
You will see the highlighted foods are the common denominators across all of the diets, remember, these diets are based on science, however, your doctor would not recommend this solely as the current research is limited and the efficacy of the studies can’t compare to the efficacy of recent drugs.
But why the hell would the pharmaceutical company want to research the long-term effects of diet? (One screams to thyself) – They can’t sell you diet.
THE INCLUDE LIST
THE AVOID LIST
Personally, I think the most obvious links between the above diets are; an increase in fruits and vegetables providing the body with essential vitamins, nutrients and fibre, alongside the involvement of micronutrients coming from specific vegetables such as ‘dark leafy greens’; an increase of Omega 3 and 6 as well as ‘good’ fats from the fish, (coconut products, olive oil, flax seed oil, nuts), the absence of dairy (clearly impacting disease activity) and a decrease in artificial and processed foods containing unnatural elements that our bodies just don’t like?!
It’s very difficult to compare the efficacy of these diets as there is not enough current research to compete with the latest disease modifying drugs. However, from researching the above diets, it is staggeringly obvious that diet most definitely has an impact on disease activity. I am personally three weeks into the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol and am working with a nutritionist (who practices functional medicine) to reintroduce some foods to see how they react to me, I will shortly be putting up a post about why I am doing this and what ‘Leaky Gut’ is all about. I’m hoping that once I find out what foods trigger inflammation in my body I can then adapt one of the above diets as a long-term approach.