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Thu, Jun 27, 2019

The Health Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables

An austere vegetarian dietary regime has proven beneficial for some patients with rheumatoid arthritis. In a controlled clinical trial of 53 patients with rheumatoid arthritis, significant subjective and objective improvement was observed for patients who followed a lacto vegetarian diet compared to controls at a one-year follow-up (109). Of note however, is a high dropout rate (35%) due to worsening of arthritic symptoms. At the end of two years, a group of these same patients continued to benefit from adhering to the lacto vegetarian diet (110). An uncooked, lactobacilli-rich, vegan diet has also provided subjective improvement to some patients with rheumatoid arthritis. It is proposed that changes in the intestinal flora, due to these dietary regimes, may play a role in rheumatoid arthritis (111).

Intriguing as these results are, it is too early to say anything definitive about a potential role for fruits and vegetables, as part of a vegetarian diet for arthritis. A watching brief is the most prudent approach.


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