Science behind the diet
Overview: why is diet important?
OMS incorporates MS diet recommendations that are scientifically researched and play an important role in managing MS and preventing its progression.
Dairy and MS
Research shows a high correlation between MS and dairy products, specifically because of the high saturated fat content, and specific proteins in cow’s milk.
Role of fats in MS
Several long-term studies show a close connection between saturated fats and the development and progression of MS.
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.
What to eat
Switching to a plant-based, wholefood diet that is rich in omega-3 while excluding dairy and minimizing saturated fat intake is critical in recovering from your symptoms and living a long, healthy life.
The Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis diet provides a wide variety of foods to enjoy, including fruits, grains, fish and seafood and dairy alternatives. Check what you are encouraged to eat and what should be avoided on the OMS diet.
Following a healthy diet is important in improving symptoms and preventing the progression of multiple sclerosis. Research shows that saturated fats and dairy are particularly harmful for people with multiple sclerosis (MS).
What should I eat?
- Fruit & vegetables
- Nuts & seeds
- Fish & seafood
- Flaxseed oil
- Extra virgin olive oil
Useful OMS diet pages
We have lots of helpful pages and blog posts that cover the OMS diet - here we have picked out some of the most useful pages to help you with adopting these lifestyle changes. This includes tips on how to make changes, answers to frequently asked questions and some diet cards which are helpful for explaining your dietary requirements.
What can I eat instead?
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.