Vegetarian diet for rheumatoid arthritis

Oslo, Norway: Diet therapy in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis has proved beneficial to a group participating in a one-year study of a vegetarian regimen.

Doctors conducting the experiment in an outpatient clinic of an Oslo hospital determined that an individualized gluten-free vegetarian diet reduced symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

The regimen began with a modified fast, cleansing the toxin-containing wastes. Fruit and vegetable juices were initially employed. After seven days, the group was given a vegetarian diet that did not include dairy foods. After four weeks, a significant decrease in tenderness of joints, swelling, and duration of morning stiffness were reduced considerably. During the final months of the study, patients were permitted to add whatever eggs and dairy they desired (lactovegetarian diet).

The improvements, according to the researchers, persisted among the individual's who continued to follow the regimen.

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