The importance of diet for people with MS

Professor George Jelinek pointed out the amazing statement in Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology, at the end of 2022:

"there is sufficient evidence to recommend a healthy diet as an adjunct intervention in MS."

To read more about this landmark validation of the importance of diet to people with MS, see our blog by Dr Jonathan White and Professor George Jelinek.



Science behind the diet


Overview: why is diet important?

Overcoming MS incorporates MS diet recommendations that are scientifically researched and play an important role in managing MS. 


Dairy and MS

Research shows a high correlation between MS and dairy products, because of the high saturated fat content and specific proteins in cow’s milk.

Role of fats in MS

Role of fats in MS

Several long-term studies show a close connection between saturated fats and the development and progression of MS.

Understanding fats

Guide to understanding fats

There are many different types of fats, some are ‘good’ for the immune system, others are neutral and some are ‘bad’.  Here’s a useful list to help you figure out which is which.

Alternatives and tips


Replacing cheese

Hints and tips on what you can use in recipes to replace dairy products like butter, milk and cream. There are so many dairy-free options available that avoiding dairy doesn't need to mean that you miss out on the food you love.


Replacing meat

If you're new to Overcoming MS, finding meat substitutes that are Overcoming MS-friendly can be a little confusing. We've put together some suggestions of options to replace meat in meals, that are high in protein and also Overcoming MS-friendly.


Replacing eggs

While egg white can be eaten when following the Overcoming MS diet recommendations, egg yolk is not recommended on the Overcoming MS program due to saturated fat content. Some people choose to omit eggs altogether, for example, if they have a plant-based diet.

Salmon and avocado

Eat in moderation

Foods containing monounsaturated (neutral) and polyunsaturated (good) fats such as avocados, seeds, nuts and oily fish should be consumed in a balanced way when following the Overcoming MS Program.

Overcoming MS Cooking



Our recipes aim to spark a new enthusiasm for cooking, showing you all the delicious things you can eat and what you can make quickly, easily and inexpensively. We have a wide range of different cuisines and ideas, all easily accessible in one place. 


Cooking techniques

It is not necessary to learn lots of new cooking techniques or dramatically change the way you cook when following the Overcoming MS program. The only thing that may need altering is the amount of fat and oil you use in your cooking.


Which oils?

What oils can I consume as part of the Overcoming MS diet? All naturally occurring oils are in fact a blend of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. It is this makeup that determines which are suitable for you to have on the Overcoming MS diet, which is low in saturated fat.

Oil bottles

Omega-3 Supplementation

Overcoming MS recommends people with MS to take 20-40 mls of flaxseed oil per day to increase the amount of omega-3 in their diet.