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There is no specific diet that has been proven to work as a treatment for multiple sclerosis -- nor is there a diet for MS that can be said to contribute to the disease. Instead of searching for a cure-all MS diet, patients are encouraged to just eat a balanced, wholesome diet.

MS Diet: An Overview

Over the years, many people have tried to prove that a certain diet is the cause of or treatment for MS (multiple sclerosis).
 
Some doctors promote a diet low in saturated fats as a possible treatment for MS. Others have suggested increasing the amount of linoleic acid (a polyunsaturated fat) in one's diet through supplements of sunflower seed, safflower, or evening primrose oils.
 
Other proposed dietary "remedies" include megavitamin therapy, including:
 
  • Increased doses of vitamins B12 or C
  • Various liquid diets
  • Sucrose-, tobacco-, or gluten-free diets.
     
To date, clinical studies have not been able to confirm the benefits of such dietary changes. Without any evidence that diet therapy is effective for multiple sclerosis, patients are best advised to simply eat a balanced, wholesome diet.
 
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