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Intermittent Fasting Improves MS Symptoms
























The fasting-mimicking diet (FMD) has been all the rage for weight loss — most notably in the form of the 5:2 diet plan — in the past few years.

Now it appears that this approach of restricting calories intermittently may also improve symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS).

A new study out of the University of Southern California (USC) has researchers so excited that they’re recommending it for people with MS even before a larger study can be completed — although they did caution that people should only try it with the approval of their MS specialist.

Full Disclosure: I Follow This Diet
I’ll explain the concept of calorie restriction in a moment, but let me first admit that Caryn and I have been using this diet for weight control and have been very happy with it — not only because of its outcomes on the weight front, but also because we both feel better, and you know me: I’m all about feeling “better” whenever I can. I sort of fell off the plan during the holidays, but we’re back on it now and feeling great.

While the FMD is not actually fasting, it does restrict caloric intake to a maximum of 500 calories for two to three days per week.

That may sound like very little food, but you’d be surprised what you can eat and still stay under the 500-calorie limit. There are even gourmet cookbooks, such as Elly Pear’s Fast Days & Feast Days, that offer great-tasting menus of only 500 calories for the restriction days.

What the Research Shows
The USC researchers are finding (in the recent study and in previous studies) that intermittent fasting reduces the number of errant immune cells thought to do the damage in MS (and other conditions), while stimulating stem cell production to replace the errant cells with cells that don’t seem to have an appetite for myelin.

The recent study was conducted in both mice and humans, and while the number of humans was very small, the dramatic improvement in quality of life and EDSS scores (a measure of disability) led the chief researcher, Valter Longo, PhD, to state, “The effect on humans was improvements for both quality of life and EDSS, which is remarkable because we only did a single cycle of the FMD for humans and tested them three and six months after.”

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