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A scientific multiple sclerosis (MS) diet keeps you looking young too October 23, 2010

Posted by Rebecca Hoover in Diet - the right diet for MS, what you need to eat.
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Professor George Jelinek, M.D. and Professor Roy Swank, M.D. both suggest diets that will help you beat MS and wrinkles too. What could be better than that? Professor Jelinek has MS and is in his mid-50s in this picture but look much younger because he eats right. The same diet that is healthy for those with MS keeps you looking young.

If Professor George Jelinek, M.D., who has multiple sclerosis (MS) and who religiously follows an MS diet looks good in his mid-50’s, it is no accident. His science-based MS diet both helps beat MS and helps prevents aging and even wrinkles. It is no wonder Professor Jelinek, who is in his mid-50’s in the picture in this article, looks much younger than he is.

The extent to which an MS diet contributes to your good looks is apparent from a couple of studies. One study entitled Skin wrinkling: can food make a difference?, found that a diet rich in vegetables, olive oil, fish and legumes helps prevent wrinkling. This type of diet is the type of diet Professor Jelinek recommends for those with MS. In contrast, the study found that a high intake of meat, dairy and butter appears to contribute to wrinkling.  The study also helpfully points out that prunes, apples and tea contribute 34% to the helpful variance in a good diet in preventing aging. (You can follow the link above to see the abstract for the study.)

Another study from Japan found something similar. Entitled  Association of dietary fat, vegetables and antioxidant micronutrients with aging in Japanese women, this second study found yellow and green vegetables were especially helpful in preventing aging. (Again, you can follow the link above to see the abstract for the study.)

It seems we have a choice: We can have a healthy MS diet rich in legumes, fruit and vegetables, etc., and low in saturated fats and be youthful, or we can eat a junk food diet full of saturated fats and processed foods and be prematurely aged. It seems it is that simple.

When you are thinking about abandoning an MS diet because you miss junk food and saturated fats, it helps to remember the whole picture. Eating right is not only good for your health — it keeps you looking good too. Also, if you need to convince the kids in your family to eat right, you can point out that eating junk food will give you wrinkles and you just might end up looking like the Wicked Witch of the West.

Personally, I vote for feeling good, health and looking good. I hope you do too.

Please let me know if you find my blog helpful. Please add a comment. What did you like? What would you like added? Thanks! Together we can change the way the world views MS. Please also join the Intelligent Guide to MS page on Facebook. I will use that page to make timely posts on new research and other issues likely to be of interest to others.

Please remember to consult your with doctors about how to stay as healthy as possible. Nothing here should be interpreted as medical advice. Instead, please use the information you find here in your discussions with your doctor.

Copyright 2010 Rebecca Hoover

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1. Eluzabeth Petrie - September 8, 2014

I have relapsing, remitting ms since 2000 and am finding all the diet and lifestyle info extremely interesting. Ive just turned 60, are living in Bali Indonesia where the lifestyle suits my living with ms very well. However, after two fairly bad falls i am now in a wheelchair and before that walked with two sticks, my balance was shocking and i couldn’t walk at all un aided.
I came across the book, Recovering from M S while home in NZ and am very keen to try it exactly as it is, have i left it for too late to begin this diet? I would love some encouraging feedback please.

Rebecca Hoover - September 8, 2014

Hi Elizabeth,

I am glad you are thinking about trying the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis diet plan by Dr. George Jelinek. I think very highly of this plan. He has updated it a wee bit so I suggest you look at his web site at http://www.overcomingmultiplesclerosis.org too. And yes, I think this program probably will help you and that you may find yourself up and out of your wheel chair. A lot of folks have seen balance problems, the need to use walking aids, etc. slowly disappear. But, it does take time — I think you will see small improvements within the first six months but the real improvements take three to five years to occur and even after that improvements happen. I think you will be pleasant surprised at what a difference it will make for you. Good luck. Please keep in touch and let me know how you are doing.


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