With immunologist Dr. Aristo Vojdani, PhD, I co-authored a study that found statistically significant associations between multiple sclerosis and spinach tomatoes, soy, and corn. We studied these food proteins because they share a similar protein with an autoimmune target site of nerve tissue called aquaporin.
To read more about this research, visit this study.
These foods are a concern for many patients who have neurological autoimmunity and already follow a diet free of gluten and dairy, foods that research has shown also can trigger neurological autoimmunity.
Usually when people go gluten- and dairy-free, they use a corn as a grain substitute and soy as dairy substitute. This recent research found these proteins may be problematic due to their immunological reactivity. As we continue to study autoimmunity, we find an increasing number of food immune reactions beyond gluten and dairy.
In the future, we will be able to identify food proteins that show protein sequences similar to specific autoimmune target sites in the body. This will allow people to tailor a diet to their autoimmune reactions.
For a copy of this published research study linking the association with spinach, tomato, and corn with neurological autoimmunity please visit here.