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A Veg Diet Can Keep Arthritis at Bay

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Vegetarian Diet Can Keep Arthritis at Bay

Good news for arthritis sufferers: Researchers with the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm—one of Europe’s largest medical universities—have found that people with arthritis may benefit from a veg diet.

Doctors put 30 patients with rheumatoid arthritis—a degenerative inflammatory disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks joint tissues, causing swelling and tenderness—on a diet free of gluten and animal products for at least three months. The diet included root vegetables, other vegetables, nuts, fruits, buckwheat, millet, corn, rice, and sunflower seeds.

For the sake of comparison, they instructed 28 other patients to follow a nonvegetarian diet.

The people on the nonvegetarian diet did not see a significant difference in their cholesterol levels, but the people in the veg group had lower cholesterol and body weight and a reduced risk of heart attacks and strokes. This is particularly important because heart attacks and strokes are among the leading causes of death for people with arthritis, as inflammation also affects vital arteries.

The patients who followed the veg diet also had higher levels of natural antibodies to fight the compounds in the body that can cause or aggravate rheumatoid arthritis.

Try the following tasty treats to help prevent—or alleviate—arthritis symptoms. Pineapple is an especially good choice because researchers believe that bromelain (a chemical found in pineapple) may help stop inflammation and enable people to better digest fibrin, a compound linked to some types of arthritis. So eat hearty and stay healthy!

Recipes

1. Summery Stuffed Peppers

2. Grilled Pineapple

- Posted by Karen Taggart, Guest Blogger

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    Ice Dream 63 says...

    September 3rd, 2008, 8:11 am

    Eating healthy is one way to help arthritis, but exercise is really important too.

    Claudine Erlandson says...

    September 3rd, 2008, 12:42 pm

    Because of my love for animals I became vegetarian, still eating dairy products but no meat whatsoever. In those days I was plagued with a debilitating form of rheumatoid arthritis. Once I became VEGAN (Thanks to PCRM advice, about 20 years ago), my arthritis went away completely. Yeah for the animals who put me on the right path. I am a helthy 70 years old vegan…knock on wood.

    Claudine Erlandson says...

    September 3rd, 2008, 1:36 pm

    Oops, I meant HEALTHY!

    Tove PisaRelle Reese says...

    September 8th, 2008, 7:19 pm

    I was diagnosed with degenerative osteoarthritis in my hip caused by a dislocated hip at birth at the age of about 41. The pain gradually became enough to where I said,”enough” and went to a specialist who, thankfully, put me on a vegan diet, with supplements and the nagging pain went away. I have since learned that all animal products that contain saturated fat create inflammation in the form of prostoglandin 2’s for arthritic patients, thus no animal products, no pain! It has kept me out of the operating room for 7 years now, and I’m sure I’ll have a hip replacement some day, but not because of pain–because I’d like to be able to cut my toenails on my left foot without becoming a contortionist!

    Dani says...

    September 19th, 2008, 11:50 pm

    I am 26 years old and I have been a strict or pure vegetarian for almost a year now. No eggs or dairy. Almost immediately, my boyfriend joined me, and so did my mother and step-father. I could do a better job at eating the RIGHT things like more veggies and fruits, but just by cutting out the bad things it has made an unbelievable difference in the way I look and feel. People gain weight by eating calories. Animal products are so high in calories, fat and cholesterol that one can consume much more than the recommended daily intake before getting full. Not only that, the human body can’t use the calcium or protein from animal products partly due to the high sulfur content. The body leaches calcium from bones in order to restore its proper pH balance. People can argue against this, but all I have to say is try it. Avoid all dairy, meat (fish included) and eggs for at least one month. The way you will feel is proof.
    My mother is in her 60s with type 2 diabetes and arthritis. She’s been a vegetarian for almost a year and still consumes a tiny bit of dairy. She forgot to take her diabetes medication for 3 or 4 days and when she checked her blood sugar levels they were close to normal (and regularly the levels were almost at 300)! Her arthritis has improved, but I feel confident that she will notice a complete difference if she stops the dairy completely.
    Like I said, I’m not even eating as much of the right things as I should be. I eat a lot of pasta and grains and I could be a lot more active. But I have so much energy after taking out the things that damage the body and make one feel lethargic – and I simply cannot believe the difference.
    And, it’s nice to know that my carbon footprint is almost 1/17th that of a non-vegetarian. :) There are so many wonderful benefits… everyone wins. There’s no going back, I tried the standard American diet for 25 years and felt like s***. Only when you are open-minded and able to explore do you realize how truly limited the American diet is. I never knew most of the other stuff even existed.
    Thanks, “Skinny Bitch!” (and many others!)

    susan littleton says...

    March 5th, 2009, 7:33 am

    i am interested in where you received the diet. my husband and i would both like to try it. thank you .

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