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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Multiple Sclerosis and the Best Best Diet

If you follow health and nutrition news, you may have heard about a new diet that has proven to be beneficial to multiple sclerosis sufferers. Multiple sclerosis, of course, is an autoimmune disorder that causes the white blood cells to attack the myelin that covers nerve cells throughout the body.

Researchers have come up with a theory that once these myelin look-alike proteins are released into the blood stream, the immune system goes into “hyper drive”, which in turn causes multiple sclerosis flare-ups to be more severe and to occur more frequently.

The new diet is known as “The Best Bet Diet". The Best Bet Diet suggests that avoiding certain common foods that have a molecular structure that is comparable to that of healthy myelin helps the body avoid "immune system overdrive".

Some of the ordinary foods that have molecular structures similar to myelin are animal milk, cheese, yogurt, and butter.

Additionally, gluten and legumes also have molecular structures that are similar to myelin; consequently, wheat, rye, barley, oats, peas, beans, and pulses must also be avoided.

The Best Bet Diet goes on to suggest that multiple sclerosis sufferers should avoid all refined sugar, because it increases food protein leakage into the bloodstream, along with making the immune system more effective (this is a negative when the immune system is attacking healthy myelin).

The developers of The Best Bet Diet for Multiple Sclerosis indicated that it is extremely important for individuals to have an ELISA test to determine food allergies that may cause an exaggerated immune response, which in turn causes the body’s immune system to destroy healthy myelin.

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At May 8, 2008 6:52 PM , Anonymous Czes Kulvis said...

I am a MS-er and I tried Best Bet Diet.

It is OK for me - but not completely OK. We all are different . . .


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