Ask five nutritionists to give you a list of the greatest superfoods that those with chronic diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis should be eating everyday and I bet you the results on every one of their lists will all be different but they will also be in agreement to an extent. So why is that? Well why each of their lists are good its that each their food lists provides something different but of equally great importance to the body’s functioning. One or two foods could be very rich in both protein and/or fiber but then be lacking in both vitamins/minerals while at the same exact time another food on the lists are loaded up and full with chronic disease fighting antioxidants but lack in protein and different vitamins/minerals. Scientists explain that eating these wide variety of power foods would be the very best way of guarantying the most optimal health/life and below is a list to get you started!
Start up your day and the whole body with a nutritious bowl of old fashioned oats or steel cut (instants are blood sugar spikers and less filling) They don’t only get the body revving and ready to go in the morning as a start up, but they are also great as a pre/post workout meal. So oats are more then just a hot breakfast food.
Blueberries have more antioxidants far and above forty of many common known fruits & veggies that were tested. This alone for sure places this powerful little berry at the very top of the list over protecting us against macular degeneration , dementia, heart disease and cancer. These little purple/blue berries are also good at defending us against kidney and urinary tract infections thanks to the following bacteria preventing antioxidant epicatechins. Epicatechinsn keeps bacterias from clinging up and against the bladder wall.
Remember the old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Apples are one of the superfoods that made our list as a powerful superfood. It is loaded with the following antioxidants: quercetin and catechin. Quercetin and Catchin work by protecting the cells and they reduce the risk of both heart disease and cancers. This is especially even more potent if the skins are consumed as well. So think twice before you ditch those peels or use them in your next batch of dried out potpouri..lol Apples and their outer skins are also higher in their fiber content more then other soft skinned fruits like the peach and grape. Apples are very filling and taste just as great and provide the body with lots of energy, at the same time while providing their life saving antioxidant benefit.
As much as I prefer black to green tea I’m definitely gonna have to change that. Black tea lacks in nutrition but green tea contains a whole powerhouse of life giving and life saving antioxidants. It contains more then any fruit or veggie! Green tea contains the antioxidant catechin in very high amounts. It has been shown to fight and to prevent cell damage. This means for those of us like me who suffer with Multiple Sclerosis can benefit from drinking it for it has been shown to reduce inflammation in MS along with many other inflammation causing chronic diseases. Green tea doesn’t just help in the aid of reducing inflammation but it has also been linked in lowering heart-related issues, from congestive heart failure to high blood pressure. Its also believed to help block plaques from forming that are linked to Alzheimer disease. Enjoying tea just became even better just remember to keep it green and organic.
Another superfood thats been getting a lot of hype is Flaxseeds. Not only are they a great source of fiber but they are also loaded with following acid, alpha-linolenic acid. Alpha linolenic acid is an essential fatty acid that helps to reduce inflammation in the body. Flaxseeds they also contain lingans, which contributing to reducing the rates of certain hormone cancers. Flaxsees anti-inflammatory properties have been shown to be beneficial for those suffering with inflammatory diseases again such as MS. So go ahead and add a spoonful of flax or ground flax to your morning oatmeal, its good for you! Flaxseed is an outstanding superfood full of both fatty acids, protein and minerals. To get the most out of your flax please make sure to ground it or buy it ground. Otherwise it comes out in the form it went in.
Okay another one Im gonna put on my list of powerfoods for those of us with MS is beans. Beans are not only a good carbohydrate and a great source of soluble fiber, but black beans contain anthocyanins, an antioxidant compound that has been shown to improve brain function. So if you are experiencing brain fog and or cognitive issues this may just be what your looking for. Beans contain one the highest plant proteins but they must be combined with grain such as brown rice to be considered a full protein. Beans are very much more than just the old saying a “musical fruit” and their health benefits may just outweigh the old song.
Keeping our bodies healthy is very important. This is only a short list of superfoods that I came up with to help us manage our ms symptoms. I’m sure the list could go on and on. To help deal with any type of disease each person must turn their life around and eating what will make the body work for us and not against us. This causes many disease if you don’t.
KNOW OF ANY OTHER MS SUPERFOODS? COMMENT AND LET US KNOW!