Plant based diets help rheumatoid arthritis.

The story of Andy, an avid Tennis player is no different from any other people suffering from crippling rheumatoid arthritis, but for fact that today he has returned to elite-level fitness and enjoys playing his passion, tennis.
Two years back, Andy was in pretty good shape (healthy and fit). But things changed dramatically in his life. Even though he was working hard to keep himself fit, he could hardly play tennis and workout. He observed severe pain in his joints and back pain. He had never experienced a problem like this before. He had no clue what was going on in his body. He was eating a perfect athlete diet comprising of oatmeal, nuts, whey protein, chicken breast sandwich, smoothies with whey protein, salmon, whole wheat  bun , broccoli and potato. The kind of crippling pain he started suffering in his joints and back brought his activities to stand-still state. The pain got worse and unbearable forcing him to visit a doctor. He was instantly diagnosed with arthritis. Andy was shocked, he though now he would have to spend rest of his life in this crippled state. He searched online for answer and found plenty of scientific research and papers pointing to plant based nutrition and to avoid completely animal protein and animal based products for at least 30 days. His biggest worries were that he would lose all his muscle mass in these 30 days, but then he had no other option, he decided to keep himself on pure plant based nutrition. In the next 30 days his pain was gone and in another 30 days he was completely free from arthritis. The best part is that he still has the same lean body mass and weight that he had earlier.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, painful, inflammatory disease which affects joints and connective tissues. In the United States, it is the number one cause for disability. Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis and is characterized by an autoimmune reaction affecting an individual’s joint. According to Arthritis Foundation, approximately 1.3 million people in the United States have Rheumatoid arthritis, which is sadly 1% of the nation’s adult population. It is caused by the immune system attacking the joint leading to an inflammatory response which leads to swelling, pain, and erosion of the joint. Eating animal products such as poultry, meat, cheese, whey protein etc encourages the development of inflammation in the body. Since these animals are raised in a very stressful condition, they develop this disease. The animals are then treated with antibiotics to treat the disease. The disease overtime becomes resistant to the antibiotic. Compounds found in animal products such as Neu5Gc is viewed as foreign substances by the human body and this triggers inflammatory responses in our bodies. NeuGc-type compounds are not found in plants. It is not even synthesized by microbes. The only source of Neu5Gc is the foods of animal origin. Since plants don’t contain Neu5Gc, switching to plant based diet should be the first line of therapy offered to the patients faced with this dreaded disease. Just like Andy, many athletes are adopting plant-based lifestyle and are experiencing improved health and superior athletic performance. With plant based diet, patients not only have a better chance of halting but also reversing the damage resulting from the Rheumatoid arthritis.

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