Home remedies for multiple sclerosis can be helpful in preventing the progression of the disease, reducing the intensity of attacks and fight symptoms such as fatigue and weakness. Immune modulation can be helpful in addressing the symptoms. Controlling the blood sugar levels, checking the vitamin D levels, microbial balance, omega-3 fatty acids, and glutathione levels, should be in optimum range to control multiple sclerosis. Vegetables, fruits, and supplements addressing the inflammatory and free radical damage should be included in the diet.
Home Remedies For Multiple Sclerosis
A healthy diet is helpful in preventing attacks and progression of the disease. The whole, organic and unprocessed food should be part of everyday life. Here are foods which are simple home remedies to manage multiple sclerosis-
Anti-Oxidant And Anti-Inflammatory Food– Vegetables rich in sulforaphane, an organosulfur compound possess potent anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. These foods decrease oxidative stress, demyelination, and autoimmune responses. Include cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and collards. Fresh fruits and vegetables fight free radical damage and reduce inflammation and formation of new lesions.
Essential Oils– Frankincense oil, helichrysum oil, basil oil, and cypress oil possess anti-inflammatory properties. Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease which is characterized by the inflamed nerve cell with a damaged myelin sheath. The lesions formed as a result of inflammation makes the transmission of information difficult. These oils regenerate the damaged nerve cells and help in the recovery of normal nerve cell functioning. Essential oils can be applied externally, with light massage which improves blood circulation and muscle function. This helps in reducing pain, muscle spasms, and fatigue. (1)
Polyphenols– vegetables, whole grains, legumes, spices, herbs, fruits, wine, fruit juices, tea, and coffee are rich in polyphenols. Green tea extract is rich in EGCG, or epigallocatechin-3-gallate which prevents oxidative stress.
Lycopene And Carotenoids– Vegetables and fruits rich in these pigment proteins such as tomatoes, carrots, watermelon, sweet potatoes, and grapefruit are good for multiple sclerosis.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids– Fish are rich in EPA/DHA include wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, trout and herring in the diet. Omega-3 fish oil supplements are readily available in the market. Fish oil (2,000 milligrams daily) reduces inflammation and protects nerves.
Prebiotics And Probiotics– These products are traditionally used for maintaining good intestinal health and prevent constipation, diarrhea and related symptoms. Studies have emerged indicating its effect on the immune system as well. Probiotics and prebiotics reduce inflammation and fight autoimmune diseases. Fermented dairy products such as yogurt, kefir, kombucha, etc. are beneficial probiotics and raw dandelion greens, raw garlic, raw leeks or onions, raw asparagus, and under-ripe bananas are beneficial prebiotics. Complex carbohydrates are good for the growth of bacteria and are rich in fiber. It helps control inflammation. Taking prebiotics and probiotics restore normal gut function and maintaining the normal immune health
Lecithin– Cabbage and bean sprouts strengthen the nerves and protect the nervous system.
Multivitamin Supplements– Your body should be compensated for adequate nutrients to build and strengthen immune function. Vitamin B12 (1,000 micrograms daily is good for the formation of the nerves and prevention of nerve lesions.
- Selenium- Nuts, fish, and liver are rich in selenium which is known to possess immune system boosting properties. It also enhances metabolism.
- Cranberry Juice- It is very helpful in people who have a bladder control problem. Cranberry is rich in minerals, organic compounds, and antioxidants.
- Some of the commonly available ingredients which can be useful in patients with multiple sclerosis are-
- Include ginger and turmeric in your diet regularly.
- Soy lecithin granules daily
- Decrease the animal protein intake and add lots of plant protein
- Coconut oil is rich in medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) which is good for the brain and nervous system. Include coconut oil in your diet.
- Olive oil is another good source of fatty acids good for cognitive health
A number of food items available at home can be helpful in changing the course of the disease and improving quality of life. Add fruits and vegetables which are rich in the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant property to prevent further damage to the neurons.