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There is little research on the effects of the vegetarian or vegan diets on multiple sclerosis (MS). However, epidemiological and clinical studies have shown that vegetarians have a lower incidence of various types of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, gallstones, kidney stones, asthma and high blood pressure.
Plant foods are rich in magnesium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health. A vegetarian or plant-based diet can provide excellent amounts of the B vitamins and folate. Significant relief for constipation, which may be a serious problem in MS, can be achieved by the high fiber content of the vegetarian diet. Those who consume more fruits and vegetables are also less prone to chronic infections. In addition, the rich supply of vitamins, minerals and trace elements obtained from fruits and vegetables are essential for optimal function of the immune system.
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