Vegan Diet May Help Arthritis

Small Swedish study offers hope for patients
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2008 10:25 AM CDT
A new study suggests rheumatoid arthritis sufferers may be helped by switching to a strict fruit and vegetable diet.    ((c) brooklyn)
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(Newser) – Patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis may be able to ease their painful symptoms and cut down on their risk of heart attacks by switching to a vegan, gluten-free diet. The new findings from a Swedish study offer hope for patients of the disease, which has no cure but can be mitigated with treatment, the Guardian reports.

"It is a quite unexpected and interesting finding," said the leader of the study. He cautioned, however, that the sample size was only about 30, and the results must be supported by future research. Rheumatoid arthritis often wreaks havoc on sufferers' arteries, and the strict diet appears to ease that, the BBC notes.