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Plant-based diet successfully sends Crohn's disease into remission



Crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel condition that can be incredibly painful, may go into full remission under a plant-based diet, according to a recent published case study. The case study involved a man in late 20s who suffered from Crohn's disease before switching to a plant-based diet free of processed foods, after which the disease went into remission and healing was experienced.
                 

The findings were recently published in the journal Nutrients where researchers have explained that more than a year of intravenous treatment had not been able to send this man's condition into remission. However, positive changes took place when the unnamed patient switched to a plant-based diet over a 40-day period of religious observation.

During that time, the patient's symptoms, including severe abdominal pain and fatigue, have completely disappeared. Due to this change, the patient decided to stick with the plant-based diet, which is described in the study as completely free of animal products as well as processed foods.

The diet included vegetables, beans, lentils, peas, etc., fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. According to the researchers, the patient's Crohn's disease has entered a full remission during that time and tests found complete mucosal healing. The unnamed man was able to stop taking his medication and did not experience any relapses while on dieting.

The exact reasons for remission on a plant-based diet remain unclear, but researchers point out that higher fiber intake ̵

1; which promotes beneficial gut bacteria – may be a contributing factor. Past research has found that processed foods and meats, especially red meat, have an inflammatory effect on the body, which may exacerbate the inflammatory condition.


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