There’s new evidence that eating a plant-based diet could provide relief for people living with Crohn’s disease, a chronic and difficult-to-treat inflammatory bowel disorder.
There’s new evidence that eating a plant-based diet could provide relief for people living with Crohn’s disease, a chronic and difficult-to-treat inflammatory bowel disorder. A new case study published in the journal Nutrients followed a man in his 20s who was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Despite a year of intravenous treatment, his symptoms continued. In his second year of treatment, the man reportedly abstained from all animal products and processed foods as part of a 40-day religious observation. During this time, he did not experience any symptoms of Crohn’s disease.
Instead of processed foods and animal products, the man ate fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. He was subsequently able to stop taking his medication. “This case study offers hope for hundreds of thousands of people suffering from the painful symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease,” study co-author Dr. Hana Kahleova, director of clinical research at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, said in a press release.
Crohn’s disease is generally treated with medication and surgery. According to the study, 50% of patients require surgery within 10 years of being diagnosed and only 10% of patients achieve long-term remission. While more research is needed, the unexpected results of the plant-based diet could be due to the fact that plant-based diets are high in fiber, which feeds healthy gut bacteria and promote overall gut health, researchers said.