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Hi everyone,

This is my first time posting. I am still very new to all of this. I was diagnosed with MS in June this year and have since gone very hard on adopting the OMS program. I gave up meat and dairy and oils almost immediately. I have been eating a lot of seafood, mostly Salmon. However every couple of weeks (1-2 times a month) I like to eat tuna poke. I get a bowl without mayo/oils. But I hear a lot about high mercury levels in tuna. I do not know much about this and was hoping someone can elaborate on it for me. Specifically, what does mercury do to the body, does it impact the immune system, and can this harm me/make things worse?

Thanks!
MLahey wrote: Hi everyone,

This is my first time posting. I am still very new to all of this. I was diagnosed with MS in June this year and have since gone very hard on adopting the OMS program. I gave up meat and dairy and oils almost immediately. I have been eating a lot of seafood, mostly Salmon. However every couple of weeks (1-2 times a month) I like to eat tuna poke. I get a bowl without mayo/oils. But I hear a lot about high mercury levels in tuna. I do not know much about this and was hoping someone can elaborate on it for me. Specifically, what does mercury do to the body, does it impact the immune system, and can this harm me/make things worse?

Thanks!



Hi and welcome.
Well done on adopting OMS, discovering it so early on in your diagnosis is a very good thing and I wish I had found it sooner.

Yes Tuna has an amount of mercury but the amount you are eating I believe is safe.
The bigger the fish no matter what type means a more likelihood of high mercury levels.
This is as big fish eat many little fish, consuming mercury each time which adds up.

I eat tin tuna every couple of weeks.
Mercury is dangerous in high amounts that much I know.

Others may have a more in-depth answer for you.
You are doing great btw.
Welcome to the forum and great that your taking an active interest in what you eat.

Mercury poisoning is not going to make your MS directly, but is very bad for you in its own right.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercury_poisoning

The particular risk for us is that we replace two meat meals a day with two fish meals a day using fish that are high in mercury. I wouldn't worry about the occasional tuna meal, but, where possible, aim for smaller fish that are lower down the food chain.
OMS since 17/08/2015
Diagnosis 28/05/2015 - 22/09/2015
Thank you both so much for your input! Greatly appreciated and was along the same lines of what I had thought. :)
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