Published On: Sun, Jun 23rd, 2019

Plant-based diet leads to Full Crohn’s Disease remission, case study

Eating a plant-based diet may be an effective treatment for Crohn's disease, according to a case study published in the journal Nutrients.

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A recent case study followed a man in his late 20s who diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. The man suffered bloating, nausea, fatigue, severe abdominal pain, and occasional ulcers for several years.
The case published in the journal Nutrients reports that after more than a year of traditional treatment, the young man still did not reach remission.

In his second year of treatment, the man removed all processed foods and animal products from his diet for 40 days. During this period under observation, he experienced a total absence of symptoms.

The man decided to maintain the new dietary pattern–which was based on vegetables, fruits, legumes whole grains, sow a total remission of Crohn’s disease. His tests showed complete mucosal healing, and the patient was able to stop all medications. He reports no revert or relapses since.

Using the current treatment method, only about 10 percent of Crohn’s disease patients reach long-term remission. 50 percent of patients require surgery within ten years of diagnosis.

“This case study gives hope for hundreds of thousands of people suffering from the painful symptoms of Crohn’s disease,” says Hana Kahleova, MD, Ph.D., study co-author and director of clinical research at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

The study authors note that high in fiber diets feeds the healthy bacteria in the gut–which may offer a protective effect against Crohn’s and other digestive diseases.

While more research is a need in this case study, previous studies have supported the findings that diets rich whole foods and plant proteins can benefit Crohn’s disease patients with no side effects.

“These results support the idea that food is medicine,” emphasize Dr. Kahleova. “it shows that eating a plant-based diet with high-fiber, could help lead to Crohn’s disease remission, but not only this. They can enjoy a free of bed ‘side effects’. All side effects are good ones, including a reduced risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer.”



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