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Study investigates the role of diet in managing MS symptoms

A new pilot study will investigate how a plant-based plus fish diet affects the microbiome and symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

A new pilot study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York will investigate the link between a Mediterranean-style diet similar to the OMS diet, our microbiome and MS symptoms.

Funded by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the randomized trial will include 30 participants, 15 of which will undergo dietary intervention, Healthline explains.

The 15 participants in the intervention group will adopt a diet that emphasizes foods that are high in omega-3 as well as plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. These foods were chosen specifically due to their anti-inflammatory and neuro-protective properties.

Other than fish, all meat will be excluded as will dairy products, processed foods and foods that are high in salt or refined sugar. Participants will undergo intensive dietary training with a nutritionist and will receive diet plans, recipes and shopping lists to help them adopt the diet.

They will regularly check in with the research team to discuss their progress and undergo assessments to monitor any changes to their fatigue and other MS symptoms.

Neurologist and lead investigator Assistant Professor Ilana Katz Sand explains to CBS News why she chose to investigate diet, gut health and the link to MS: "The gut is actually kind of a natural place to look and that's because the immune system (about 70% of it) lives inside the gut and has far-reaching implications throughout the rest of the body."

The research team hopes that their findings will provide feasibility for future large-scale research in the field.

 Visit ClinicalTrials.gov for more details on the study.


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