Saturday, September 15, 2012

Remission Of Crohn's Disease With A Semi-Vegetarian Diet

Crohn's disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease. This study found that a semi-vegetarian diet was more effective at keeping patients symptom-free than an omnivorous diet:

Lifestyle-Related Disease In Crohn’s Disease: Relapse Prevention By A Semi-Vegetarian Diet, World Journal of Gastroenterology, May 2010

Dr. Greger explains:


"The semi-vegetarian diet was highly effective in preventing relapse in Crohn's Disease. Remission rate with the semi-vegetarian diet was 100% at 1 year and 92% at 2 years. This is the best result in relapse prevention ever reported."

What did they eat?
"The semi-vegetarian diet in this study was a lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet in which eggs and milk were used. Fish was served once a week and meat once every 2 wk, both at about half of the average amount."
The semi-veg group also ate brown rice three times a day, and several servings of soy foods.

It was a small study, just 22 adults. However, the findings were not just statistically significant but remarkable, since this disease is physically, psychologically, and socially devastating and remission is hard to achieve even with drugs.

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