Smoothies for MS
Most likely, you already make smoothies for yourself. You’ve discovered that one of the best ways to get your nutrition in for the day is to start out the day with a smoothie. That way, you don’t have to eat a whole meal and it’s super easy.
Well, have you ever considered the idea that perhaps your loved one who has multiple sclerosis could have smoothies, too? You may not know that there are certain ingredients in smoothies that would greatly benefit someone with multiple sclerosis.
Smoothie Ingredients to Benefit MS Patients
Here’s a list of four of the best ingredients to include in smoothies for MS:
Flaxseeds have a combination of omega 3 fats and omega 6 fats. These fats are important for the nervous system. The extra fiber provided by the flaxseeds also is beneficial for colon health. In smoothies, add 1 tablespoon of flaxseeds; you won’t need more than this. As an alternative, you could always eat the flaxseeds – chewing them for as long as you can before you swallow them.
- Chia seeds
These are vastly different than flaxseeds, as they are small and round, somewhat similar to poppy seed. Chia seeds are high in protein and contain essential fats, too. One tablespoon is enough in a smoothie, or chew them before you make your smoothie!
- Strawberries and Blueberries
Strawberries and blueberries are high in vitamin C, an antioxidant that is exceptionally necessary for brain functions. Vitamin C quenches free radicals that can damage the myelin sheath on the nerves. Slowing down the damage on the nerves is critical for being able to start the repair process.
- Yogurt or Kefir Milk
Your immunity depends a lot upon the bacteria already in your gut. The bacteria in the gut comes from the existing bacteria living there that reproduce and from foods and beverages such as water. Fruits and vegetables are not sterile; they come along with a whole spectrum of friendly bacteria that feed your gut. These friendly bacteria also connect directly to the immune system. Every multiple sclerosis patient should consider the importance of boosting their immune system. Multiple sclerosis isn’t usually what kills someone with the disease; an infection does.Adding yogurt or kefir milk to a smoothie provides the good bacteria that you need for the gut to help enhance your immune system functions.
How to Make A Smoothie With These Ingredients
You could take all the above-mentioned ingredients and create a smoothie for your loved one with multiple sclerosis. Here’s a rough outline of how to do that:
- Starting with either yogurt or kefir milk, add 1 cup to your blender. Flavored yogurt is fine, although using plain yogurt is best because you can further alter and control the flavor of your final smoothie much better.
- Next add half a tablespoon chia seeds and flaxseeds both.
- Then add ¾ cup strawberries or blueberries.
- Next consider the type of flavoring your loved one might enjoy. Mint is always a delight if someone is a mint lover. You could add a handful of mint leaves or ¼ teaspoon mint extract. Almond extract or vanilla may also be added; use ½ teaspoon of either or both of them. You may even opt to add ½ teaspoon ginger powder, cinnamon, or even fresh basil for a blast of unexpected flavor.
- Next add 1 cup ice cubes.
- Blend until all ingredients are mixed together.
Smoothies are such a fun way to wake up the taste buds. You may also want to consider adding in some healthy herbs for multiple sclerosis into your smoothie. And remember, you can throw almost anything into a smoothie, so be creative!