Health & wellness

Many people living with multiple sclerosis ask about the role of nutrition, and how it can assist managing day-to-day life.

Multiple sclerosis is complex and it affects everyone differently, with many different responses to treatments and interventions.

There is currently little evidence from clinical studies that definitely confirms particular foods or dietary changes can help reduce symptoms.  However there have been a number of studies indicating associations between certain dietary components and multiple sclerosis.

There are also many examples of people who are living well with multiple sclerosis through a combination of the right treatment and some simple diet and lifestyle changes.

A well-balanced diet, low in fat and high in fibre, can help stabilise weight and improve bowel health. Adding dietary supplements such as multivitamins with minerals, calcium, and vitamin D can also be useful however supplements and vitamins should not replace proper food intake.

If you are considering dietary changes, It is important to you consult your doctor or health professional in the first instance.

You can learn more from our MS Living Well Education sessions

Nutrition research

There have been a handful of clinical trials into particular diets and dietary supplements. There have also been a number of observational studies which look at particular diets and their impact on wellbeing.

Overall results are varied and it is often difficult to control the multiple components and variables in dietary studies.

Our colleagues at MS Research Australia provide updates on the international research regarding diet, nutrition and multiple sclerosis — visit for more information.

Live well with MS - Take Charge & Become the CEO

Dr Sally Shaw, Psychologist talks about reframing perspectives and taking charge of your life with multiple sclerosis.

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Vitamin D & Multiple Sclerosis

How important is vitamin D when you are living with multiple sclerosis? What is the optimum level? Sunshine or supplements? These will be some of the questions addressed by Professor Robyn Lucas during her presentation about the latest research. Professor Robyn Lucas is a medically trained epidemiologist and specialist public health physician, currently working at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population health. One of her major areas of research interest is environmental effects on immune function, including auto immune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, and the effects of ultraviolet radiation and vitamin D on health in general.


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