Why is diet important?

The OMS 7 -Step Recovery Program incorporates MS diet recommendations that are scientifically researched and play important role in managing MS and preventing its progression. Learn more about the changes you can make to your diet to better manage your MS symptoms.

The Overcoming MS diet is a plant-based diet that also includes seafood. It aims to significantly reduce saturated fat intake while increasing the intake of healthy, omega-3's.

Several long-term studies show a close connection between saturated fats and the development and progression of MS.

People with MS who avoid saturated fats, such as those from meat and dairy fat but consume unsaturated fats, such as those from fish and flax, typically have reduced progression of the disease – and in many cases experience minimal effects from it.

The most important research on this topic to date has been done by Professor Roy Swank, who conducted a 34-year study that showed people with MS consuming a diet low in saturated fat had dramatically better health outcomes.

The OMS 7-Step Recovery Program build on Swank’s pioneering work, taking into account modern data on fats as well as additional evidence on other dietary factors.

Watch this video to get a quick overview of our MS diet recommendations:

Key recommendations of the OMS diet are:

1. Reduce saturated fat intake by:

  • Eliminating all meat and dairy products
  • Not cooking with oil (other than baking with olive oil)
  • Avoiding processed, pre-made or commercially baked foods that contain harmful oils
  • Avoid oils/fats such as coconut and cocoa that are solid at room temperature

2. Increase omega-3 intake by:

  • Consuming oily fish three times per week
  • Supplementing daily with 20 -40 ml of cold-pressed flaxseed oil

3. Eating a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables


For more information on what to eat and what to avoid, please click here.

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