If I Have Mutiple Sclerosis, Can I Eat Seafood

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Asked by Sheila

If I Have Mutiple Sclerosis, Can I Eat Seafood

if I have mutiple sclerosis, should I eat shellfish

Answer

Hi Sheila,

Welcome to Health Central. The short answer to your question is - absolutely you can eat seafood if you have multiple sclerosis. In fact, I ate seafood on Thanksgiving day instead of turkey this year.

Longer answer - There are things to consider when considering whether to eat seafood and shellfish, no matter your health condition.

Seafood is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which are considered essential fatty acids. Jane Brody writes in the article, Tip the Scales in Favor of Fish, "the omega-3 acids perform many biochemical functions that can benefit the heart and blood vessels. They can inhibit the synthesis of substances that promote inflammation, reduce the tendency of the blood to form clots, stabilize the electrical activity of the heart, lower triglyceride levels, reduce blood pressure moderately and improve the functioning of artery linings."

As someone living with multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, I take Omega-3 supplements for the anti-inflammatory effect.

But there are risks in eating seafood, especially shellfish. If you are allergic to shellfsh, then certainly do not consume any. Fish can be contaminated with mercury and other toxic pollutants. Shellfish can become contaminated with harmful micro-organisms, from the naturally occurring "red tide," or accumulates bacteria.

Clams, oysters, shrimp, lobsters, etc should never be eaten raw. Best way to protect yourself is to thoroughly cook all seafood.

Lisa

Answered by Lisa Emrich