Suffering from arthritis? Vegan Diet May Help Relieve Pain – Study

Arthritis is probably one of the most common health problems we hear about since childhood. We have seen elderly people in our homes suffering from this joint related problem. But have you ever tried to find out what arthritis is? According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), “arthritis” literally means joint inflammation. Although joint inflammation is a symptom or sign rather than a specific diagnosis, the term arthritis is often used to refer to any disorder affecting the joints. This further leads to moderate to severe joint pain. A recent study; however, found an easy way to relieve arthritis pain. Published in the journal ‘American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine’, it has been found that a low-fat, non-calorie-restricted vegan diet can help improve joint pain in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, the participants (in the study) also lost weight and improved their cholesterol levels in the body.

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According to reports, 44 adults – previously diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis – were part of the study. They were assigned to one of two groups for 16 weeks. The first group followed a vegan diet for four weeks, with the elimination of additional foods for three weeks, then the reintroduction of individually eliminated foods for nine weeks. The second group followed an unrestricted diet but were instructed to take a daily placebo capsule, which had no effect on the study. Then the groups switched diets for 16 weeks.

It was found that by following a vegan diet, participants experienced a significant decrease in inflammation. Besides the body weight also decreased by around 14 pounds on average on the vegan diet. There were also greater reductions in total, LDL, and HDL cholesterol during the vegan phase.

“A plant-based diet could be the prescription for joint pain relief for millions of rheumatoid arthritis sufferers,” said Neal Barnard, MD, lead study author and chair of the Physicians Committee.