Eating fish once a week reduces your risk of developing MS

Study supports commonly held belief that fish acts as a brain food.

Eating fish reduces risk of MS

We have all heard the old wives’ tale that fish acts as brain food, but a new study has proved there is some truth to the story, linking the seafood to a reduced risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS).

Eating fish at least once a week or eating fish one to three times per month in addition to taking daily fish oil supplements may be associated with a reduced risk of MS, according to a study presented to the American Academy of Neurology.

The findings suggest that the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish may be associated with lowering the risk of developing MS.

Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system that affects communication between the brain and other parts of the body.

With MS, the body’s immune system attacks myelin, the fatty white substance that insulates and protects the nerves. This disrupts the signals between the brain and the rest of the body.

Symptoms of MS may include fatigue, numbness, tingling or difficulty walking. There is currently no cure for MS.

“Consuming fish that contain omega-3 fatty acids has been shown to have a variety of health benefits, so we wanted to see if this simple lifestyle modification, regularly eating fish and taking fish oil supplements, could reduce the risk of MS,” said study author Dr Annette Langer-Gould.

For this study, researchers examined the diets of 1153 people with an average age of 36 from a variety of backgrounds, about half of whom had been diagnosed with MS.

Participants were asked about how much fish they regularly ate. High fish intake was defined as either eating one serving of fish per week or eating one to three servings per month in addition to taking daily fish oil supplements. Low intake was defined as less than one serving of fish per month and no fish oil supplements. Examples of fish consumed by study participants included shrimp, salmon and tuna.

The study found that high fish intake was associated with a 45 per cent reduced risk of MS when compared with those who ate fish less than once a month and did not take fish oil supplements. A total of 180 of those with MS had high fish intake compared to 251 of the healthy controls.

While the study suggests that omega-3 fatty acids, and how they are processed by the body, may play an important role in reducing MS risk, Dr Langer-Gould emphasises that it simply shows an association and not cause and effect.

More research is needed to confirm the findings and to examine how omega-3 fatty acids may affect inflammation, metabolism and nerve function.

How much fish do you eat during an average month? Do you take fish oil supplements? Would you consider it now?



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    8th Mar 2018
    I have fish at least weekly, and fish oil every day. Also a Vitamin D, as I live in Taswegia.
    I do not have MS.

    There, that proves it ! It is on the Net so it must be true.

    I love statistics. There are two kinds of people in the world: those that think that there are two kinds of people in the world and ....etc.
    8th Mar 2018
    Please provide links to published papers so we can look at the data. Your summary isn't adequate.
    8th Mar 2018
    I hate research that says if you eat this, you’re less likely to get that. Less likely than what! I only know two people with MS. Both women. One developed it after the birth of her 4th child, the other after a histerectomy. Is there a link there? An awful disease which needs more research
    8th Mar 2018
    There was a study carried out a few years ago in USA. It suggested that if DIET Pepsi or DIET Coke was removed from a patient’s diet, MOST of the MS symptoms diminished.
    This was trialled after it was noticed that the common factor among SOME MS patients, was their intake of the diet drinks.
    This is not to say it would work with ALL MS patients as there are many types of the disease. Just sayin’
    8th Mar 2018
    We eat fish twice weekly.However, I purchased a large bottle of omega 3 capsules, on opening them found that they are like big horse pills, I do a bit of a panic trying to get them down my throat, so will stick to fish. I take vit d as well.
    8th Mar 2018
    Balderdash! I only drink black coffee made from mountain grown Beans and don’t have MS. One of my friends has MS and never drinks coffee. This experiment therefore proves mountain grown coffee beans reduces the risk of Ms by 50% How silly!
    8th Mar 2018
    Brilliant research Puglet ...
    Funny face
    8th Mar 2018
    My daughter has M.S and, yes, it is a cruel disease. She was 19 when diagnosed and she is 46 now. Not much if a life. We had fresh fish - you couldn't get any fresher- at least once a week , plus tuna as well. Hasn't done her much good , has it?

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