Fresh evidence that healthy diet may benefit those with MS

Could eating more vegetable alleviate the symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

New research certainly suggests that diet can play an important part in reducing inflammation in those who have been diagnosed with the auto-immune condition.

In particular, eating a decent amount of vegetables and limiting protein appears to have a beneficial effect on gut bacteria, which in turn can boost a person’s immune system.

The study was published in the Frontiers in Immunology journal and is the latest research to look at how changes in gut bacteria can affect the body’s response to MS.

Data was collated by the Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation, based in Milan, which compared results for two groups of patients who are living with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.

The first group ate what was described as a Western diet, which included regular consumption of red meat, sweetened food and a generally high intake of saturated fats.

The other group ate a greater number of vegetables and controlled their protein consumption.

After a year, tests showed that the healthier food appeared to have had a beneficial effect.

By contrast, those who had eaten a more typical diet appeared to have an increased level of the type of bacteria which tends to be associated with shorter periods between relapses.

The researchers have said that further investigations – involving a larger number of patients – should now be considered.

A spokesperson for the MS Society said: “Some people may find [certain diets] help, though this hasn’t been proven conclusively for people with MS.

“However, a healthy diet is good for everyone, and many people with MS find it a good way to manage their health.”

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