A diet designed to boost brain health benefits people with multiple sclerosis (MS), new research suggests. A team of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City for the study examined 185 people diagnosed with MS within the past five years. Each had MRI brain scans and responded to detailed questionnaires.
From a brain-health eating regimen, those who ate more of the excellent food foods called the MIND diet and fewer bad ones more preserved tissue are found in a critical relay station in the brain called the thalamus. The study also found the link between eating fewer MS brain lesions and more full-fat dairy products. In addition, consuming omega-3 fatty acids from fish also had brain benefits.
The MIND diet combines aspects of the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet and the Mediterranean diet. MIND is short for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. The diet is designed to improve brain health. Past studies have found out that it may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and, in older adults, help preserve thinking skills. The foods that are considered good are fish, nuts, berries, and leafy vegetables, and foods that are considered bad are processed and red meats and sweets, cheese, butter, fried foods.
MS is found in about 1 million Americans, a central nervous system disorder. The symptoms of the disease can range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. Most people between the ages of 20 to 50 are diagnosed with MS. Women are affected three times as often as men by the disease. There is currently no cure.
The study was led by Dr. Ilana Katz Sand, a neurologist. There were few key limitations in the study: Research was restricted to patients in the early stages of MS, and it took only a one-time snapshot. But the results provide additional evidence about the impact of nutrition and diet on outcomes for people with MS, said the researchers. They will continue to follow participants to find out whether healthy diets continue to have benefits as MS progresses.