Diet and Nutrition

The Benefits of Leafy Greens for Multiple Sclerosis Patients

Preventing oxidative stress is imperative in people with MS since it worsens symptoms

Oxidative stress, defined as a disturbance in the balance between the production of reactive oxygen species (free radicals) and antioxidant defenses, is known to worsen symptoms of multiple sclerosis and produce flare ups. Preventing oxidative stress can be done by consuming Vitamin E. Vitamin E can be found in wheat germ oil, almonds, sunflower seeds, pine nuts, avocado, Atlantic salmon, spinach, sweet potato, olive oil, hazelnuts, abalone, goose meat, peanuts, raw red sweet pepper, brazil nuts, mango, turnip greens, kiwifruit, and rainbow trout.

Folic acid is another essential vitamin that is constantly discussed in multiple sclerosis treatment. The benefits of folic acid go far beyond MS treatment and include treating anemia, helping nutrient absorption in the gut, cancer prevention, preventing heart disease and stroke, memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, age-related hearing loss, preventing the eye disease age-related macular degeneration (AMD), reducing signs of aging, osteoporosis, restless leg syndrome, sleep problems, depression, nerve pain, muscle pain, AIDS, vitiligo, and an inherited disease called Fragile-X syndrome. Folic acid can be found in many leafy greens, beans, lentils, peas, bread, rice, pasta, cereal, asparagus, citrus fruits, avocado, dried fruits and beans, okra, cauliflower, beats, corn, celery, carrots, and squash.