MS & Nutrition

As of yet, there is no cure for MS but there are clinical studies that show disease progression may be slowed when the saturated fat intake is less than 10 grams daily.  It is probable this kind of diet is not only good for the person with MS but healthy for our families.

It has been suggested by some that to improve general health it is usually necessary to reduce saturated fat: not by eliminating but by limiting or avoiding animal products such as red meat, dairy products, chicken, fish, and eggs, as well as tropical oils including palm and coconut.

As with most sciences, the data continues to evolve and a nutritionist can certainly be an aid to help establish and follow the right diet regimen for you.

Per Allen Bowling, MD, PhD: “In the area of diet and MS, there is much confusion and controversy.  Any approach that is taken should be discussed with a healthcare provider.  A basic three-step strategy is outlined below:

Consider Potentially Beneficial Nutrients

  • Vitamin D: suggestive data in MS; consider having a blood level determined.
  • Vitamin B12: some people with MS have low vitamin B12 levels; consider having a blood level determined.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids: suggestive data in some, but not all, MS studies.

Avoid or Use Caution with Potentially Harmful Nutrients

  • ‘Immune-stimulating’ herbs, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Other potentially toxic herbs, vitamins, and minerals.

Whatever You Do, Have a Well-Balanced Diet

More detailed information and references to specific articles and books are found at:


Allen C. Bowling, MD, PhD.Dr. Allen C. Bowling is a nationally recognized neurologist and multiple sclerosis specialist in Denver, Colorado.  Currently Medical Director of the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Service and Director of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Service at the Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI), he is also Clinical Professor of Neurology at the University of Colorado.

With more than 100 lay and professional publications, including four books on MS, Bowling has provided consultation or authored publications for many MS and neurological organizations, including the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the NMSS, and the MSIF.

Dr. Bowling is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Yale, where he also obtained his MD and PhD degrees.  He completed his neurology residency training at the University of California-San Francisco and his fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital-Harvard Medical School.  From 2003-2007 he was the Medical Director of the Rocky Mountain MS Center.  Additional information about Dr. Bowling is available on his website,

Also see NMSS Nutrition and Diet for MS and Nutrition resources.


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