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Vegan Diet Kicked Crohn’s Disease Away That Intravenous Treatments Couldn’t

by | June 26, 2019

A recent case study has suggested that Crohn’s disease, a very painful chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the digestive tract lining, has reportedly gone into full remission in a man, even when a year’s worth of intravenous treatments failed to show positive results. Keep reading to learn more about the evidence provided and how useful a vegan diet can be.

Vegan Diet Kicked Crohn's Disease Away That Intravenous Treatments Couldn't
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Vegan Diet Provides Relief From Crohn’s Disease, After Intravenous Treatments Couldn’t

An unnamed man suffering from the painful bowel inflammatory disease called Crohn’s disease, encountered a rather miraculous remission, according to reports. More than a year’s worth of intravenous treatments (used as standard medical therapy) failed to give any relief to him. But after the man started taking a plant-based diet for a period of 40 days, owing to his religious beliefs, positive changes started to show up, news outlet EukerAlert reports.

According to the case study titled “Crohn’s Disease Remission with a Plant-Based Diet: A Case Report,” after the concerned man switched to a plant-based diet that dominantly included grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables, leaving out all animal products and processed foods, he started getting into remission. The man showed no signs of CD in the following colonoscopy, and recovered without any medicine, science journal Nutrients writes.

The unnamed man in his late 20s had symptoms like bloating, fatigue, severe episodic abdominal pain, nausea, and occasional ulcers for several years. But in the second year of his treatment when he abstained himself for all ‘processed foods’ and ‘animal products,’ he “experienced a complete remission of Crohn’s disease” and has since then committed to the new vegan diet that is full of vegetables, fruits, legumes, grains and beans.

This quick remission contrasts the only 10% of traditionally managed sufferers, who are able to achieve long-term remission from this disease with the help of contemporary treatment regimens, and 50% patients otherwise need to go under the knife within 10 years of diagnosis, ErekAlert reports.

How Did Remission happen?

According to the study authors, they noted a high-fiber plant-based diet fed the healthy gut bacteria alongside promoting overall gut-health. The healthy gut bacteria may offer a protecting effect against Crohn’s disease or other problems related to digestion, the study notes.

The future is plant-based

Speaking about the study that is a ray of light to thousands of people suffering from the painful ailment, co-author- Hana Kahleova, MD, PhD, stated: “This case study supports the idea that food really is medicine,” she said, adding that a plant-based diet high in fiber does not only show hope in remission of Crohn’s disease, but “all the ‘side effects’ are good ones, including a reduced risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer.” Dr. Kahleova is also the director of clinical research at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Although more study is needed in this topic, nonetheless, earlier studies have also suggested the benefits of ‘whole foods’ and ‘plant protein’ in benefitting patients suffering from Crohn’s disease.

What do you think about this trailblazing new study? What health benefits did you experience after switching to your vegan diet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Debayan Paul

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