Nutrient Rich Foods for Multiple Sclerosis

May 22, 2015

Many multiple sclerosis (MS) patients take supplements for their health. The natural substances that have the most evidence based medicine for health in MS are ensuring adequate levels of Vitamin D, B-12, Omega 3 fatty acids, and Calcium.

Multiple sclerosis patients have lower bone health and getting adequate amounts of Calcium and Vitamin D are important. The topic of diet and nutrient rich foods often come up during office visits. Having a proper diet of antioxidants is helpful in all realms of health. Patients often do not know that kale has 100 mg of calcium per serving or that oranges have calcium. The following foods contain these vitamins and can assist with individuals getting their nutrients through food.

Vitamin D

  • 25 minutes of direct sunlight exposure
  • Fatty fish
  • Certain types of Vitamin D mushrooms- Dole's Portobello
  • Fortified cereal
  • Fortified milk, (for soy, coconut, and almond- ensure it is fortified)
  • Egg yolk

B-12

  • Dairy, eggs, and all animal products
  • Fortified soy products like tofu
  • Fortified cereals

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

  • Fish products
  • Sea plants
  • Brussel sprouts and cauliflower
  • Tofu and soybeans
  • Kidney beans
  • Flax seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Avocados
  • Spices ( tarragon, mustard seeds)
  • Certain eggs

Calcium

  • All dairy
  • Leafy greens ( collards, kale)
  • Edamame
  • Broccoli
  • Bok Choy
  • Tofu
  • Almonds
  • Oranges