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Five Fall Foods For MS Symptom Relief

By Daryl H. Bryant (496 words)
Posted in Living with MS on October 11, 2019

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Five Fall Foods For MS Symptom Relief

Fall means cooler weather, cozy blankets, and a fresh array of hearty fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, for some, fall also means a return of MS symptoms. Temperature changes, less sunlight, and new routines can all contribute to a flare-up. 

While you can’t control the weather, you can take advantage of fall’s fresh bounty to help stave off brain fog, joint pain, and fatigue. Here are five popular fall foods that may alleviate your MS symptoms. 


Healthy fats are shown to boost brain function and benefit people with MS - when consumed in moderation. For this reason, leaner cuts of meat such as chicken and turkey are a better option. Turkey is also high in protein and vitamin B, which is a key nutrient for those seeking symptom relief. 

Butternut Squash 

This sweet and versatile squash variety is low in calories yet nutrient-dense. Just one cup provides ample amounts of Vitamins A, B, C, and E, plus other vital trace minerals such as magnesium and potassium. It’s also been studied for its mental benefits. 

Butternut squash can be added to soups and stews, roasted alongside root vegetables, and caramelized as a delicious side dish. We suggest starting with this simple recipe if you’ve never tried butternut squash.

Pumpkin Seeds 

While there is no perfect food, we think pumpkin seeds come pretty close. These small oval seeds, also known as pepitas, are packed full of nutrients that can boost heart health, balance blood sugar, and even help you sleep better. Best of all pumpkin seeds are easy to incorporate into your diet - simply sprinkle some on a salad, mix into granola, or add to baked goods. They’re a delicious and simple way to get your vitamins in! 

Apples & Pears

You likely know the saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away. While that may not be entirely true, the fact remains that apples and pears are great additions to a healthy and balanced diet. People with MS benefit from a diet high in fiber, and these sweet fruits pack in the fiber at 4 grams for apples and 5 grams for pears. Eat them alone as a sweet treat, add them to salads for a delicious crunch, or bake and serve with nuts and seeds for a delicious dessert option. 


Caffeine can not only exacerbate MS symptoms, but it can also affect your mood and energy levels. For those who want to enjoy a warm drink with less caffeine, switch to tea. There are countless flavors and combinations. However, two of our favorites are chai tea and turmeric- ginger tea, both of which are known for their immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties. Add full-fat coconut milk for a sweeter flavor with brain-boosting healthy fats. 

Don’t let the cooler weather get you down - the autumn harvest is full of foods that can help you maintain your best health in cooler weather. So allow yourself to indulge in these delicious foods. Your body with thank you for it! 

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