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Healing chronic inflammation with a plant based diet

Inflammation contributes to and even causes a number of aches, pains, injuries, illnesses and autoimmune disorders, including but not exclusively, ⁣⁣
rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, asthma, eosinophilic esophagitis, Crohn’s disease, colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, lupus and Hashimoto’s disease.⁣⁣
Inflammation can cause considerable and often disabling pain and lack of mobility as well as contribute to depression and a decline in quality of life.⁣⁣
Eating more vegetable may not but the cure-all for all of these ailments, but they can have a considerable inpact on the severity of symptoms.⁣⁣
Many athletes are now choosing to eat vegan, anti-inflammatory foods after exercising and some have switched over to a 100% plant based diet to improve strength and endurance, and minimize inflammation. ⁣⁣
⁣⁣ In a study, published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine in 2015, 600 participants followed a vegan diet for three weeks which significantly reduced C-reactive protein, a key marker for acute and chronic inflammation. ⁣⁣
In another study the patients followed a vegan diet for three and a half months and experienced significant improvement in tender and swollen joints, pain, duration of morning stiffness and grip strength than the people in a control group who consumed an ordinary diet. ⁣⁣
According to a study published by the American Heart Association , researchers randomized 100 participants with coronary artery disease to either a vegan diet (no meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, or fish) or an AHA-recommended diet (fewer servings of non-fish animal protein, more servings of fish, and only low- or no-fat dairy) for eight weeks.⁣⁣
⁣⁣ The primary endpoint marker for inflammation, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, improved significantly more in the vegan group, compared with the AHA group. ⁣⁣
The authors conclude a vegan diet should be considered to help avoid adverse outcomes among heart disease patients.⁣

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