To date there have not been many researchers tackling the question of whether there is a link between diet and MND. However, a team of researchers in Japan have attempted to do just that. Their work was published on 11 February 2009 in the journal Neuroepidemiology. "We investigated the relationship between dietary intake of vegetables, fruit, and antioxidants and the risk of MND in Japan" reports Dr Okamoto and co-workers.
153 MND patients and 306 age- and gender-matched controls were asked about their diet. The researchers found that "a higher consumption of all fruits and vegetables was associated with a statistically significantly reduced risk of MND".
This led the researchers to suggest that higher intake of fruit and vegetables gives protection against the onset of MND. This research must be viewed with caution, since there are many other lifestyle choices that may be associated with the level of fruit and vegetable intake. For example, people who eat more fruit and vegetables may also be more likely to participate in regular exercise and other healthy activities and thus, in general, be in better health.
Source: International MND research update – March 2009, Dr Justin Yerbury for MNDRIA