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4 Super-Foods that Help MS Symptoms

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By Daryl H. Bryant (777 words)
Posted in Living with MS on September 14, 2012

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While the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis that you may be experiencing vary, episodes can last for days, weeks, and sometimes months. There are many ways to be proactive and make changes that can have a positive impact on the effect of the symptoms which you may or may not be experiencing. Many are well aware that we have the opportunity to fight these symptoms and maintain a happy and healthy life. Below are 4 super-foods that are easily accessible, and can help better control common MS symptoms.

Ginkgo Biloba Tree

1. Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo trees date back to the Paleozoic period, they have the ability to live for up to 1,000 years and grow to heights of 100 feet. While there are more than 40 components of the ginkgo biloba tree which have been identified, the two that are believed to account for great health benefits are: flavonoids and terpenoids. Flavonoids are plant-based antioxidants that have been revealed to protect blood vessels, heart, lungs, and your eyes from damage. This miracle plant has also been used to enhance memory and treat circulatory disorders. Some preliminary work has suggested that ginkgo biloba may help with MS-associated cognitive problems. However, further research is required in order to prove any definite effects of ginkgo biloba.

Other benefits of this natural antioxidant include:
  • Allergy relief
  • Vertigo (a spinning sensation)
  • Aid in Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • High blood pressure
Turmeric Powder

2. Turmeric

Turmeric has recently gained recognition for its medicinal properties, but this spice has been well-known in India for over 2500 years. Recent research has shown that turmeric can be beneficial in the treatment of various health conditions, including MS. Curcumin is an active component of turmeric, and is usually taken as a supplement. While many may find straight turmeric powder to be bitter, it can easily be added to taste in: water, soups or stews, and even milk. If you absolutely cannot handle the taste of turmeric, there are a wide variety of turmeric and curcumin supplements that can be purchased. While additional research is required, ongoing studies tout additional benefits of turmeric, and has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors, healing wounds, and can help control psoriasis.

Additional benefits of turmeric include:

  • Proven in slowing down development of MS in mice
  • Natural liver detoxifier
  • Prevents melanoma (most dangerous skin cancer)
  • May aid in weight loss/management
Dark Leafy Greens

3. Dark Leafy Greens

Be sure to stock up on your green veggies such as: kale, broccoli, cabbage, and brussels sprouts. Dark green veggies are super foods that are filled with antioxidants and plant compounds called carotenoids, which are powerful brain protectors. They are also an extremely rich source of minerals, including: calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium. These veggies are also packed with tons of vitamins such as: K, C, E, and many of the B vitamins.

Kale is an amazing source of Vitamin K, which provides a list of benefits that include:

  • Protects bones from osteoporosis
  • Arterial calcification
  • Cardiovascular disease and varicose veins
  • May help prevent diabetes
  • Regulates blood clotting
Fish Oil Supplement

4. Fish Oil

While some fats are deemed “bad” by many, others such as polyunsaturated fats can actually help lower cholesterol and the risk of heart disease. Polyunsaturated fats contain omega- 3 fatty acids which have been the focus of MS studies with some evidence that points the benefits for MS patients. Omega- 3 fatty acids can be found in certain fatty fish such as: salmon, mackerel, herring, and sardines. Smaller amounts of fish oil can be found in: canola oil, flaxseed, and walnuts. Fish oil supplements are available in either pill or liquid form, which have been extremely popular to users who are looking to benefit from Omega- 3 fatty acids.

Additional health benefits of fish oil include:

  • High cholesterol
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Weight loss

You take control of your life, and do your best to prevent common symptoms of MS, which can boost your quality of life. If you are looking to make simple dietary changes, the 4 super-food’s listed above have helped me feel my best, and have made a difference to my overall health. By keeping up with a healthy diet, and exercise regime, I have been fortunate enough to have a symptom-free life.

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