Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis With A Vegetarian Diet.

14 Dec


Arthritis SUCKS. By the time I was 25 I was in severe pain in my hands from early on set arthritis. It runs in my family and I played basketball all the time for years, jammed my poor fingers to death. By the time I was 25 my hands hurt so badly in the cold, it literally bought tears to my eyes. It hurt to grip my stick shift, to open lids and to basically just be in the cold. Was it any coincidence that at age 25, my diet was possibly the worst it had ever been? Probably not.

Since I went veg 6 years ago my arthritis has gradually disappeared. Each Winter I feel the pain less and less and this year, I have yet to feel it at all. This is why I wanted to post about this because I am truly living it. The difference is so unreal, I feel as if I never had any hand joint pain ever. And the good news is that you can be arthritis free as well, by simply going veg.

To get some back up on this I decided to go to Science not opinion. Come to find out that Science backs going veg to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis. The American Journal For Clinical Nutrition did a controlled study on people with arthritis. They broke them into groups, a vegetarian group, a fasting group and a group that just went about eating their omnivorous diet. Those in the fasting and vegetarian categories showed significant improvement in comparison to their omnivore counterparts.

One year after the study the patients were re-examined and once again the vegetarians had more improvements then their meat eating counterparts. The conclusion they came to was that many people with Rheumatoid Arthritis can be treated with a period of fasting, followed by a transition to vegetarian diet. This is not too crazy considering that vegetarian diets have been show to promote a better state of being for those who suffer from most auto immune diseases.

It is a really great, in depth study and I have linked it below… Here Is Another Great Write Up About The Issue At Hand.

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3 Responses to “Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis With A Vegetarian Diet.”

  1. David Brown December 14, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    Quote from the “Arthritis and vegan solution” article:

    “Vegan diets dramatically reduce the overall amount of fat in the diet, and alter the composition of fats. This in turn can affect the immune processes that influence arthritis. The omega-3 fatty acids in vegetables may be a key factor, along with the near absence of saturated fat.”

    Actually, a low-fat vegan diet inadvertently reduces the absolute amount of omega-6 which is THE major factor in free radical formation. Saturated fatty acids are chemically stable so free radicals are never, ever formed from them. Studies that supposedly link saturated fats to arthritis generally fail to take into account the fact that high saturated fat intake does not generate high serum levels of saturated fat.

    A second quote:

    “In addition, vegetables are rich in antioxidants, which can neutralize free radicals. Oxygen free radicals attack many parts of the body and contribute to heart disease and cancer, and intensify the aging processes generally, including of the joints.”

    A biochemist told me plants must manufacture antioxidants because a by product of photosynthesis is oxygen. Antioxidants are required to control the action of oxygen. Excerpt:

    The products of photosynthesis are oxygen and sugar. Green plants use sunlight to break apart water molecules and carbon dioxide molecules and then combine their atoms into oxygen and sugar. Plants use the sugar as fuel for their own growth and cell reproduction. The oxygen is a waste product for the plant, but it’s essential to many other forms of life on Earth, including humans.

    Interestingly, plants produce more omega-3s when soil is rich in mineral content. Excerpt:

    The oil content of our pasture is not an insignificant issue. It has much greater importance than I ever imagined. The oil content of pasture contains fatty acids and in particular, the Omega-3 fatty acid. By increasing the oil content of the pasture, it is possible to increase the Omega-3 in eggs, milk and grassfed meat. Not all grassfed eggs, milk, and meat have the same Omega-3 content. The Omega-3 in eggs, milk, and grassfed meat raised on pasture that had low oil content would be low. The more we can raise the oil content of the grass, the higher the omega-3, the healthier the chicken or animal, and the better the nutrient and health value of our food.

    The modern practice of feeding animals or humans massive amounts of seeds increases the omega-6 content of cell membranes. In all respects, this is not healthy. That’s why one sees this sort of comment:

    “Yes. Studies show that saturated fats may increase inflammation in the body. Foods high in saturated fats, such as animal products like bacon, steak, butter, and cream, may increase inflammatory chemicals in the body called prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are chemicals that cause inflammation, pain, swelling, and joint destruction in rheumatoid arthritis.”

    But the same article also says this:

    “Omega-6 fatty acids are in vegetable oils that contain linoleic acid. This group of vegetable oils includes corn oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil, wheat germ oil, and sesame oil. Studies show that a typical Western diet has more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acid is a polyunsaturated fat found in coldwater fish like salmon, tuna, sardines, trout, and mackerel.

    Consuming excessive amounts of omega-6 fatty acids may promote illnesses such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. It may also promote inflammatory and/or autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis. Ingesting fewer omega-6 fatty acids and more omega-3 fatty acids, on the other hand, may suppress inflammation and decrease the risk of illness.”

    There actually exists an omega-6 debate but it is buried in background noise generated by the anti-saturated fat campaign.

    • Author December 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

      Lemme ask you a question Dave…
      How much Omega 6 is too much? Is 1 serving of nuts each day going to do damage or is it more like processed foods with Omega 6 laden oils? I am a firm believer that too much of anything is no good. And with nuts, the protein, fiber and fat content are so high, you really can only eat 1 serving with some water before you are full. It’s as if they govern themselves to a degree.
      And since they offer so much other nutritional value to the table, does that ‘outweigh’ the negatives of them?
      Thanks for reading 🙂
      Happy Holidays!!!

  2. Judy January 3, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    Great information. Lucky me I recently found your site by accident (stumbleupon).
    I have book-marked it for later!

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