Can Vegan or Vegetarian Diets Help Reduce Arthritis Inflammation?

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Plan s, Each For Week s. Plan s , Recurring Each Week. Find pricing and locations in your area: As a result, people with inflammatory types of arthritis may be tempted to go vegetarian no meat or vegan no animal products at all, including meat, eggs and dairy in the hope that doing so will help them avoid painful flares. There are various studies of the impact of these diets on inflammation. They are mostly small and the results are mixed.

In the most recent study, published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine in , participants followed a vegan diet for three weeks which significantly reduced C-reactive protein, a key marker for acute and chronic inflammation. In two small studies published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association in , researchers observed 79 rheumatoid arthritis patients who did a vegetable fast for seven to 10 days, followed by a vegan diet or lacto-vegetarian diet includes dairy and egg.

In the smaller study 26 participants , the patients followed a lacto-vegetarian diet for nine weeks. Researchers found no significant difference in pain or morning stiffness when compared with the control group.

However, in the larger study 53 participants , the patients followed a vegan diet for three and a half months and experienced significant improvement in tender and swollen joints, pain, duration of morning stiffness and grip strength than the people in a control group who consumed an ordinary diet. The vegan group transitioned to a lacto-vegetarian diet for nine months.

At the one year follow-up, they continued to have improved symptoms compared with the control group. In another study published in Arthritis Research and Care in , 30 patients with active RA who followed a gluten-free vegan diet for three months experienced reduced inflammation.

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