Omega 3 oil is an essential part of the MS diet. It is anti-inflammatory which will helps to reduce the severity of your symptoms. In addition, it is vital to so many biological processes in your body. Omega 3 is a building block essential for developing cell membranes, signal pathways and other neurological systems. It is also a raw material for repairing the myelin sheath.
As part of being transparent with my readers, I wanted to share the exact supplements I take and why. As someone with MS, Omega essential fatty acids are crucial to repairing damage caused by the condition, which is why I highly recommend the supplements mentioned on this page. I am sure there are lots of other supplements available on the market, but after doing the research, these are the one's I have decided to use myself.
Please remember, I’m not a doctor so please ensure you consult with a medical professional to see whats right for you – I’m just someone who wants to share what has worked for me!
What Makes Omega 3 Essential For Those With MS?
Omega 3 is important for ensuring a high enough absorption level of fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, needed for resistance against infection, healthy skin, eyes, heart, circulation, blood clotting and strong bones. Most people consume too much omega 6 and 9 and not enough omega 3. If you are deficient in this oil, you may experience the following symptoms that relate to MS:
- Tissue inflammation
- Tingling sensations in arms and legs
- Immune dysfunction
- Mental Deterioration
- Motor Incoordination
- Behavioural changes
You can read more about calming your immune system with Omega 3 and 6 on my other blog post.
Note: I wanted to mention that I am specifically targeting Omega 3 here only, and not Omega 6 and 9 as well (even though Omega 6 and 9 are also contained in one of the supplements). I am concerned about the Omega 3 and 6 imbalance.
What I Use
I make use of three supplements in this section as part of my MS diet, as I want to target different forms and sources of Omega 3. Because flaxseed provides a purer dose of Omega 3, I focus primarily on that. I then supplement this with a general supplement that provides Omega 3, 6 and 9 [sourced from a blend of seeds] to ensure I'm getting some Omega 6 and 9 as well.
Something to watch out for on some of these supplements is the following ingredients, which you should ensure your MS supplement do not contain:
- dairy products
- artificial preservatives
- colours or flavourings
Here are details of the three products I use:
1. Organic Flaxseed Oil by Higher Nature
Made from certified 100% organic flaxseeds which are cold pressed into a pleasant testing, golden oil. A great product that is easy and quick to take. It leaves you feeling clean and healthy with no oily residue.
The taste is slightly bitter at first but once you get used to it, it is actually not too bad. Some say its "nutty-tasting", but I don't agree. I take it at night just before dinner and put it on my kids' breakfast in the morning.
This product is relatively inexpensive, but you do get through a lot of it in a month. Of the supplements I take, I feel this is a very important one - helping to keep my neuron nicely lubricated.
2. Milled Organic Flaxseed by Linwoods
I also try add milled organix flaxseed to smoothies and other dishes [salads, soups, pasta, rice]. This is a great source of Omega 3, protein, dietary fibre, lignans [antioxidants], as well as iron and zinc.
I find that the this adds quite a nice taste to my meals. This is energy rich and cold-milled to protect all the nutritional value and oils in the seed.
What I really like about this product, is that you are getting good fibre too. This helps keep the intestines clean and functioning well for absorbing other supplements.
3. AIMega by The Aim Companies
This supplement contains 1140mg of Omega 3, 570mg of Omega 6 and 600mg of Omega 9. It is a good blend of all three fatty and contains organic flax seed oil, organic sesame seed oil, organic olive oil and organic sunflower seed oil, which helps to vary the source of your Omega 3 as well, as its coming from many types of seeds.
I have found these capsules easy and convenient to take with all my other supplements. I only take three in the morning because I also take organic flax seed oil at night. I feel confident that I am definitely giving my body it's daily quota of Omega 3, 6 and 9. The AIM company produces high quality, all natural products that are easily absorbed into your body, but I am not happy with the fact that gelatin is included, this might persuade me to find another supplement.
Rosemary extract and tocotrienols/tocopherols are potent antioxidants which help ensure the stability and quality of the oil within the capsules. They may also provide additional health benefits due to their strong protective and antioxidant activities.
This MS supplement also contains these extra ingredients:
- purified water
- rosemary extract
Once again, its always best to consult with your doctor or neurologist before taking any supplements as part of your MS diet. The recommended dosage (which I use) is as follows:
Flaxseed Oil: I try and take at least two 2 teaspoons (10ml) of flaxseed oil every day. These can be taken straight or drizzled over any dish.
Milled Flaxseed: Two heaped dessert spoonfuls daily (30g).
AIMega Capsules: The AIMega capsules, I take 2-3 capsules two times a day with meals.
Expected Monthly Cost
Flaxseed Oil: A 350 ml bottle will last 35 days at the recommended dosage. The bottle costs roughly $20 (£12). This works out to about $16 (£10) per month.
Milled Flaxseed: A 425g bag will last 14 days, so you will probably need 2 a month at $8 (£5 each). This works out to about $16 (£10) per month.
AIMega Capsules: One large bottle with 120 capsules should last 40 days (3 capsules per day). A bottle costs around $40 (£25), so this means about $28 (£18) per month.
I hope that gives you a bit more insight into what MS supplements I use, for a complete list of all the supplements I take as part of my MS diet, visit the Supplements page. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a comment below, I will respond to every one.