Diet Rich in Fruits, Veggies and Whole Grains May Slow MS Progression, Study Shows

Diet Rich in Fruits, Veggies and Whole Grains May Slow MS Progression, Study Shows

A diet rich in vegetables, fruits and whole grains may decrease symptoms and lessen disease progression in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), a study suggests.

The report, “Diet quality is associated with disability and symptom severity in multiple sclerosis,” appeared in the journal Neurology.

“People with MS often ask if there is anything they can do to delay or avoid disability, and many people want to know if their diet can play a role, but there have been few studies investigating this,” Kathryn C. Fitzgerald, the study’s lead author and a researcher at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, said in a press release.

“While this study does not determine whether a healthy lifestyle reduces MS symptoms or whether having severe symptoms makes it harder for people to engage in a healthy lifestyle, it provides evidence for the link between the two,” added Fitzgerald, who belongs to the American Academy of Neurology.

Researchers enrolled 6,989 patients with all types of MS — recruited from the North American Research Committee registry — and analyzed their responses to a questionnaire on diet habits.


  1. Ryan says:

    This article honestly confuses me because it goes against the Wahls protocol. I thought grains and legumes were bad for MS? Anyone want to clarify?

  2. Jeffrey Gullang says:

    Ryan unfortunately there’s no set dietary guidlines for what is good or bad for us living with MS. The wahls protocol is one guideline and there are other sets that support the exact opposite of it.

    We need to find a set that our Dr, support team, and we are comfortable with. If it doesn’t work to your idea don’t be afraid to try another one.

    Wish there was a magic formula for us but there is not. As a similar comparison there are 15+ DMTs but once again no magic formula to treat me.

    Good luck with finding your solution and these articles and others help form that solution.

  3. Greg says:

    Wahls diet still encourages high intake of Veggies, consistent with this study. I disagree with the high fat parts of the Wahls diet and follow a low saturated fat/Swank style diet, called the OMS diet.

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