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STUDY: Plant-based diet could heal your rheumatoid arthritis

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Researcher Hana Kahleova says: A plant-based diet may be tremendously helpful for those with rheumatoid arthritis. And this is not all, it could also prevent thyroid dysfunction, multiple sclerosis and an overactive thyroid.

LIJI THOMAS: ‘According to the latest review, adopting a plant-based diet could well relieve the swollen joints and pain of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA is autoimmune in origin, a painful joint disorder caused by inflammation of the joints, affecting 1 in 100 people all over the world. Both genetic predisposition and lifestyle factors participate in its etiology. The latter includes factors like infections, diet and the gut microbiome.

How does diet affect the joints? One theory is that dietary factors may reduce the strength of the intestinal barrier which allows food molecules to bacteria to breach the defenses and enter the blood stream. This produces an inflammatory response. Another mechanism by which diet affects RA is the known fact that being overweight reduces the response of the body to RA medications and thus the chances of the disease becoming quiescent. For this reason, dietary modification could be important in managing RA.

Now a large review of trials as well as observational studies has concluded that a diet that primarily includes plants reduces the symptoms significantly and consistently… Researcher Hana Kahleova says, “This study offers hope that with a simple menu change, joint pain, swelling, and other painful symptoms may improve or even disappear. A plant-based diet comprised of fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes may be tremendously helpful for those with rheumatoid arthritis.” And this is not all: a plant-based diet could also prevent thyroid dysfunction, multiple sclerosis and an overactive thyroid. The research is published in the journal Frontier in Nutrition’. SOURCE…

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